No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need - The Rolling Stones The Stones had their finger on something. I wish the Church would grasp it sometimes. Whether it's… Continue reading We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry
One of my favorite ministries is Fireproof Ministries. It's a multi-faceted ministry with several branches, including XXX Church. One of their primary goals is to reach out to those that work in porn and simply love them by showing them the love of Christ. I recently received, as a perk for donating to a recent fundraiser, a copy… Continue reading Jesus Loves Porn Stars. Just Making Sure We Were All Aware.
We live in a culture of vehement disagreement. Just take a look at your News Feed. Every day, I see (and am sometimes involved in) conversations on someone's Facebook post that revolves around a vehement disagreement on some political or societal issue. Sometimes that disagreement can be over something trivial and the disagreement can be… Continue reading As Far As It Depends on You, Just Get Along With People on Social Media
A Reddit feed on Christianity had a post back in December 2012 that read like this: Hi there, I recently Felt i have lost touch with my christian faith. I prayed today that God would hear my cry and forgive me of my wrong and help me to live as christ would in this destructive world,… Continue reading Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.
I taught a Sunday School class for men this summer. Older men, not just young guys like me. One Sunday, I decided to go off-script. I asked the question: "What comes to mind when you think about Jesus and sex?" "Nothing," one person said. "He didn't have it," another said. "OK," I said. "What about… Continue reading Why Are We So Scared to Be Blunt About Sex?
I've seen a number of blog posts in the last few years that are titled something like this: "Things Christians Believe That Aren't True." There's usually some number affixed to the beginning so it becomes a list. There's also funny lists of what Christians say. There's even a really funny video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dxo0Yjno3I I feel like… Continue reading 6 True Statements All Christians Should Be Saying But Most Don’t Say For Some Reason
One of my favorite parts of being a believer is having brothers and sisters in Christ that I can hang with, grow with, discuss things with and just enjoy life with. Being around those people is something Scripture encourages, and implies is incredible necessary for following Jesus: Let us hold fast the confession of our… Continue reading Seven Types of People in Your Church Small Group, and Why You Need All of Them (Even the Annoying Ones)
Perhaps one of the more vitriolic responses to viral videos has come in recent days with the release of BuzzFeed's "I'm Christian But..." video. Here's the video, if you're curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bWHSpmXEJs I watched it for the first time this morning and surprise of surprises, I liked it. Based on the Internet, I think I'm the… Continue reading #ImChristianBut I Actually Liked the #ImChristianBut BuzzFeed Video
Back in May, U.S. President Barack Obama called out the Christians in America to focus more on poverty than divisive issues like gay marriage and abortion. An article on Breitbart.com reported on it: “There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s… Continue reading The Church Culture of Church Exceptionalism
Going through college in the evangelical world, all I heard about going to church after you graduate is that you need to go to a church where the theology is solid and that you agree with it. Maybe I'm exaggerating about the "all I heard" part, but there was a sense that if I didn't go… Continue reading Four Reasons Why Going to a Church Where You Disagree with the Pastor on Some Things Isn’t a Terrible Idea