No doubt some will wonder at my use of the phrase God-centered society, asking if I really mean to include the whole country. It might be seem unobtainable to set our sights on the task of convincing the entire United States of America to seek God in all that we do. But that would actually … Continue reading Feet that testify
One of the benefits of building a God-centered society is that it will teach by example, day after day. Rather than leading astray, with examples of unfaithfulness, dishonesty, and greed, our society can (or could) demonstrate the goodness of God's will. Every faithful husband is a reproach to the adulterer, and every adulterer is a … Continue reading When a plan comes together
One objection to Christianity that is posed by secular society today is that our faith is too exclusive. It is too exclusive in its truth claims and too exclusive as to the means of salvation. Of course anyone who objects to a truth claims because it is exclusive clearly doesn't understand the nature of truth … Continue reading Who needs Jesus, anyway?
Christian author Jen Hatmaker responded to the Nashville Statement by connecting it to the appearance of white supremacists in Charllottesville. As USA Today explains, "Christian author Jen Hatmaker of Austin, Texas, who came out in favor of same-sex marriage and whose books have been removed from the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Christian Stores because of that philosophy, called … Continue reading You can’t say that, because… Nazis.
I want to give you link to a beautiful sermon by John Piper in which he describes the recent history and present day reality of the Christian church in America. People are leaving the church and that's a good thing. Christians face hostility in the culture and that's a necessary thing. Piper explains the exhortation … Continue reading (video) Think it not strange – John Piper
A large number of Christian leaders including John Piper and R.C. Sproul recently released a series of affirmations on human sexuality titled the Nashville Statement. It is clear and explicit on the biblical truth concerning homosexuality and transgenderism. The statement consists of a preamble and fourteen articles. Each article contains an affirmation and a corresponding … Continue reading Christian leaders issue statement on sexuality
In tough times, persecution can lead spirit-filled believers to speak more boldly, not less. When the persecution got heavy in Jerusalem in the first century, the church prayed for boldness. They also spread out across the region preaching the gospel. When the apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the faith, the saints got seriously bold. … Continue reading Quickie: Persecution leads to boldness
In the last post, I mentioned how we have shunned Christ's teaching. In this post we will consider some of that shunned teaching. We'll see how he called sinners to repentance, and we'll ask ourselves whether we might speak of sin and judgement like he did. Jesus, who knew God better than any of us, … Continue reading Motivating men to repent
God willing, the new evangelization will happen, but let us not imagine that this time will be like the first time. The old evangelization proclaimed the Good News among pagan, pre-Christian peoples to whom it came as something new. Nothing like that had been done before. But nothing like our task has been done before … Continue reading This Time Will Not Be the Same
The spiritual landscape of America is a battlefield; a war zone where minds are enslaved and lives are in jeopardy every hour. Social turmoil, political futility, and lawlessness in government are some visible evidences of the war. More evidence of the war can be seen in the increasing loss of life to suicide and drug … Continue reading Spiritual battle … what does it look like?