Category: The Church

Why the church is doing just fine…

The crying out on the state of the church is huge, massive, and honestly misplaced. Much of it stems from the impression that we control the church instead of Jesus. In a conversation with a person decrying the status of the North American church,…

The opposite of freedom is tyranny

I’ve had many conversations with believers who hold socialistic views from a seemingly biblical standpoint. While the marriage of church and state is disaster, it is essential for both to be in the public square. The marriage of church and state is disaster, yet…

Who turned out the lights for a brighter future?

Every once in a while an article or articles you post online blows up your feed. Clearly, lighting in a worship center is a sensitive issue. In the ground swell of discussion there are a few concerns and patterns that need to be addressed….

Church would be better if people thought like and agreed with me!

I finally found the solution to ALL the church’s problems! For sure this will be a chapter in my up and coming book “Humility and how I achieved it.” Oh wait! I do have a chapter about that! Let me be frank, cause I…

End times: Why it matters & Why I’m a ‘dispensationalist

Our view of death determines our view of life. Biblical teachings on end times, known as eschatology, is essentially a Christian view of death. The recent trends to avoid or downplay this teaching is unhealthy. Over emphasizing the doctrine is also unhealthy. In the…

My Guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Q&A

Why the series? Are you anti, pro or neutral to fundamentalism? There are three big reasons why: 1) Fundamentalism became a strawman argument. So, people can attack ‘fundies’ and gain some quick accolades. Strawman arguments are bad and it’s better to address real heart…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Separation or discernment?

“You have no business promoting public schools!” “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.” St. Paul First, separation is a command The Bible teaches separation. There is no avoiding that in Scripture. Our associations, friendships, business partners, ministry partners…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Legalism

“As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” ~St. Paul Legalism as the issue There is a bit of legalism in everyone. As we…

On Humility: My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist Part 3

“You should read my book, ‘Humility and how I achieved it.’” ~Unknown “Every side has it’s ‘fundamentalists’.” ~Joe M. Admit it You’re arrogant. We all struggle with pride. Arrogance isn’t exclusive to any movement. This is why it’s best to deal with heart issues;…

We the people. We the problem.

If you want rock star status. If you want accolades. In Christianity you only need to throw “religion” under the bus, or its close cousin fundamentalism. (Ironically, I’ll be posting about fundamentalism this week.) We love to bash religion. Sometimes we couch this as…

How long would you wait?

14 years is a long time. I can’t imagine being told I was to do something and then have to wait 14 years to make it happen. Paul waited 14 years or more before he engaged in aggressive evangelism. I define aggressive evangelism as church…

Crazy

http://blog.marshillchurch.org/2011/06/16/westboro-baptist-church-this-false-prophet-and-his-blind-lemmings-welcome-you-to-our-whore-house-for-god’s-grace-and-free-donuts/ This story drives me nuts. I’m impressed by the graciousness Mark is demonstrating.