“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”–Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is blind, like the trust falls we once did in elementary school or at a work retreat? It is unreasonable and lacking of any evidence, like a belief in the Easter bunny or Santa Clause, … Continue reading Is There More Reason to Believe in God than Bigfoot?
“Have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 22, ESV). When I was in my first semester of seminary and in Old Testament Survey, there were a lot of new things to me, despite being raised in church and formed in a Christian school. As we were looking into the Psalms, we had a discussion board … Continue reading Is It Okay to Doubt God?
Growing up, my parents were faithful to be sure that I was at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. I had many friends in the same boat who attended church through their adolescent years. Mom and dad would wake them up and drive them to church on Sunday mornings. They would send these kids and teens … Continue reading Why Teens Are Leaving the Church & What to Do About It
I have to shamefully admit, I was skeptical when I first began hearing about Kanye's dabbling in Christian circles a few months back, and didn't pay much attention until recently. He's been hosting his own church services. Now he has released what may be considered one of the most God-glorifying hip-hop albums to date in … Continue reading Kanye Meets the King of Kings
Bart Ehrman, a prolific agnostic author and professor poses a question to his students each semester he begins his course over the Bible at the secular university at which he teaches. Ehrman has summarized the routine as follows: "So, part of the deal of teaching in the Bible Belt is that lots of my students … Continue reading What Is the Bible?
How do I choose a translation? The question listed above is a good question, but it is one among many. Why are there so many translations? Which translation is best? How do I know which translations are reliable? This list of questions can go on and on and on, but our goal is to answer … Continue reading Are All Bible Translations Created Equal?
"Lord, keep us all safe today." "I pray for a hand of protection over everyone in this room." "May we all have a sense of security as we part ways today." All of us have heard either these exact prayers or variations of these prayers. They saturate our comfortable, American, churches. They permeate our culture. … Continue reading Pray To Be Sent, Not Safe
I once served as an interim student pastor at a church about forty minutes from where I lived. A few days a week, I would make the drive to this small town, out of the city. During the drive, I would pass through another small town, and on the way back home, I would consistently … Continue reading Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer