A posture of humility and meekness is necessary for the Christian life. Afterall, how can you confess your sin and place all your confidence in Jesus Christ (rather than yourself) if you have never been humbled? Imagine a proud man (or woman) walking into God’s presence. That’s just laughable and silly.
Do Christians embrace the “spiritual but not religious” mindset? Should they claim “It’s a relationship, not a religion.” The gospel offers a different perspective on religion and spirituality that’s worth considering.
“Forgive and forget” sounds good advice until you’re the one hearing it. When the conflict is personal and when the hurt is deep, it seems like you’re expected to do something impossible. And for the Christian, it begs the question: Is “forgive and forget” biblical?
Before digging into this important question, let me unequivocally state that this post reflects my personal opinion and in no way represents my church’s official opinion. Also, please respect this is obviously coming from a Baptist’s perspective without turning the… Continue Reading →
What can Christians learn from the downfall of Jerry Falwell Jr, and how should we respond? Is this an example of persecution, or legitimate accountability for leadership gone wrong?
“Read your Bible.” It’s common advice to hear in church. Let’s pretend that you’re a new Christian hearing this advice, so on Monday morning you wake up half an hour early to do it. As you sit at the kitchen counter and set your english muffin and coffee down, you grab your Bible to wonder… “Ok, what now?”
We want to live with our faith in Christ integrated into every sphere of life. The reality is, we don’t. At least, not perfectly. Sometimes there’s a wide chasm between the two because we’ve relegated faith to only “spiritual” things, and other times there’s a gap because we aren’t fully sanctified. In this post, I want to reflect on these two reasons why there’s a difference between our professed and actual theology.
One of the quickest ways to realize the differences between our professed and actual theology is to evaluate how we endure suffering. When moments of clarity strike that reveal the differences, don’t overlook them because it’s uncomfortable. Lean in, and grapple with the question, “What do I really believe?” And then live your theology.
The following quote comes from Bonhoeffer’s sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 1935 as Hitler’s power in Germany was increasing. Keep Bonhoeffer’s context in mind as you read this excerpt from this Advent sermon based out of Revelation 14:6-13.