April 12, 2011

Do You Believe in Hell?

Lately this question has permeated out culture because of a new popular book creating more questions than it does answers. The belief in hell is a foundational truth in Christianity. Jerry Walls, in his book The Logic of Hell, says, “The doctrine of hell is disappearing from Christian beliefs . . . It’s not […]
April 5, 2011

Salvation Goes Beyond Just Sin

I have heard a lot through the years about accepting Jesus as savior but not as Lord. This never made sense to me as I always had the unspoken conviction that when you give your life to Christ, you get the whole package or nothing. Then I came across Dietrich Bonheoffer’s “The Cost of […]
March 29, 2011

Living Life From Inside Your Head

Do you live your life from inside your head?   You might remember the brief 1990’s sitcom “Hermans Head”. It followed the life of Research Assistant Herman Brooks who worked in the fact-checking department of a major magazine publisher. All of his decisions and actions are acted out in his head with a cast […]
March 22, 2011

Commitment is Not for a Select Few

Dietrich Bonheoffer once blamed the shallow Christianity he saw in the world on the philosophy of monks.  He accused these monastic orders of inadvertently creating a mindset that living a holy life of commitment to God was a special calling for a select few. Most people would look at the commitment to Christ lived […]
March 15, 2011

Dangerous Christianity

Kierkegaard once warned of the danger Christians face when they stop being in tension with the popular mentality.  There has been such an exciting evolution of methods for church growth, evangelism, and discipleship.    I have tried my hand at quite a few – some with great success, and some not so great.  It all […]
March 8, 2011

The Narrow Way

One of the things that gave weight to the authenticity of Christianity is the fact that its followers were persecuted. The martyrs who marched to their deaths in arenas and burning stakes never died for anything that was vague or iffy. They knew what they were giving their lives for. However much of the […]
February 22, 2011

Chaplain to the Old – Midwives to the New

One of the hardest things a human being can ever do is change. It seems that from the time we are born, we go from an infant, loving new experiences and environments, to an adult wanting only sameness. The older we get, the more uncomfortable change makes us. We crave order and stability. I […]
February 15, 2011

It Still Says The Same Thing

Recently, someone gave me a small, ancient-looking leather Bible dated 1860. It has the previous owner’s name on the inside cover along with personal notes on the back. As I hungrily opened its intricately engraved cover, my first impression was (despite modern version changes) from Genesis to Revelations, it still said the same thing […]
February 8, 2011

Paralyzed by Perfection

I grew up with an idea I never knew was disabling my ability to live in freedom. That idea was perfection. This idea burrowed its way in under the guise of “holiness”. Furthermore, it focused 90% of its energy on externals – the length of a man’s hair or a women’s dress, whether or […]