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Spiritual Renewal Pt. 2

Last week, we defined Spiritual renewal as: living each day with a functional belief that all the promises of God in the Gospel are true...

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Spiritual Renewal

Consider with me some challenging questions about following Jesus in a broken world. When it comes to facing rejection; weathering conflict; encountering tragedy; resisting temptation; and combatting loneliness...

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The Cure for Moralism

In the villages of Costa Rica, a man acquired a motorcycle, but had no clue how to operate it. Being a proud villager, he refused to ask for help and was content merely to push that powerful machine from one village to another, never realizing its full potential. He had no idea how it started. He did not understand it, so he did not experience it. And he certainly did not ...

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Fair and Impartial Judgement

My daughter is reading the novel series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. We watched one of the movies and I was struck by a scene featuring ‘The Lotus Hotel and Casino,’ an oasis in the desert. Anyone who enters never wants to leave. Luxury suites, addictive food, enticing drinks, thrilling games, and unimaginable pleasures detain you. You won’t spend any money at L...

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Misdiagnosis in the Church

Surgical errors occur more often than we’d like to acknowledge. Here are a few that rank in the top ten: ...

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The Road to Repentance

On a warm summer night in Washington, D.C., eight friends gathered around a backyard dinner table. They were celebrating their friend who opened a new restaurant the previous week. It was a beautiful evening with lots of good food and French wine. Everyone was having a good time. ...

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Religious Hypocrisy and God's Judgement

Ted Haggard served as lead pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and also presided over the National Association of Evangelicals (30 million members). Married and father of 5, Haggard was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine. One of the primary themes of his ministry was opposition to the LGBTQ community. Haggard was a vehemently ...

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Run Christian, Run!

Last week we looked at The Art of Resting and Running, but didn’t finish. We only looked at what it means to rest...

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The Art of Resting and Running

The book of Hebrews was written to people who were ready to give up. They were beat down with difficulties, surrounded by troubles, and threatened by persecution They suffered from exhaustion and fear. In a word, they were overwhelmed. So the writer of Hebrews calls them to rest. He mentions that word 8 times in just two chapters. Rest. ...

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The Most Dangerous Sermon in the World

At a routine medical examination in 1992, Christine Maggiore tested positive for the HIV-virus. Initially, she accepted her condition, even participating with AIDS charities, including The AIDS Project and Women At Risk. ...

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