Amidst all of the celebration, amidst all of the talk of Luther’s “discovery” of the Gospel, amidst all of the rousing renditions of “A Mighty Fortress,” I believe we’ve missed part of the story. Usually the story goes something like this: back in the day the “Catholic” church had stopped listening to the Bible. People … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Reformation
While the missionary spirit is central to the Christian church, I am often concerned that the way we talk about mission and evangelism can be harmful and counterproductive. This article is kind of a shotgun approach to a lot of problems I’ve seen. Hopefully, in identifying why some of these ways of talking are problematic, … Continue reading Eight Bad Ways We Talk About Mission & Evangelism
It’s not uncommon for people who are new to Christianity to be bewildered and overwhelmed by the countless denominations and churches out there. Furthermore, to many outside the faith the existence of so many conflicting groups seems to throw into doubt Christianity as a whole. After all, no sensible God would allow this kind of … Continue reading What’s Up With All These Denominations?
A few weeks ago, after the events at Charlottesville, former United States President, Barack Obama, tweeted out the following: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.” It received more likes than any other tweet on Twitter at the time. Obviously his message … Continue reading We’re All Evil: But Not How You Might Think
Okay, so this is a bit different than normal, but bear with me. Play along if you’d like. Anyway. Set Up Let’s imagine an alternate history in which we have lost all sixty-six books of the Bible except for ten. Ten. That’s it. All the rest of the books have been somehow or another lost … Continue reading The Ten-Book Bible Challenge
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel so paper thin, like a house of cards one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under, scream, but no one seems to hear a thing? I sure have. … Continue reading For Those Who Worry About the Future
I know I like to talk a lot about singleness in the church and joke around about how 1 Corinthians 7 is my life verse. Depending on how well I know you, I may or may not have even jokingly attempted to talk you out of getting married. But despite all that I want to say, … Continue reading An Open Letter to All My Friends Getting Married