The Church of Me, Myself and I

We know that contemporary Christian faith is being largely defined as a private and personal affair when, in the name of setting a mood and atmosphere for worship, we make our gathering places so dark that we can barely see those sitting next to us, let alone those on the other side of the room, all in the […]

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Not Everything in the Bible is Biblical

For so many of us, the Bible has become little more than a book of spiritual formulas and incantations that, if applied properly, will enable us to find success, happiness, wealth and personal satisfaction. From sermons to blog posts, it seems we are constantly inundated with ‘three points for this’ and ‘five ways for that’ […]

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Why Do Bad Things Happen Even After We Pray?

I’ll begin by asking this question –  what kind of world did God choose to create? While a number of models have been proposed in response to this question, many of which deserve attention, I’ll briefly outline two of the most popular viewpoints – those that exist on opposite ends of the spectrum. Determinism Model […]

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When Christians Engage in a Battle Over Words: Letting Go of the Defend and Conquer Mentality

The problem is simple – the church has developed a defend and conquer mentality, rather than a dialogue and conversation mentality. How do I know this? After years of working within the Church and writing about and for the Church. My perspective is not from someone on the outside, but from the inside. Someone who […]

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Worship is Like Monday Morning

From a Christian perspective, when I say the word ‘worship’ what immediately comes to mind? Music? Singing? Songs? Sunday? Worship teams? Lights? Dark auditoriums? Professional musicians? Set list? Worship practice? By no means is this list exhaustive, but I think it would be safe to assume that when many of us reflect on the term […]

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Redefining Holiness Jesus-Style: Transforming the World from the Inside-Out

When many of us first embraced Christianity, we almost immediately began to define our journey by the things we could no longer do. The words ‘not’, ‘do not’ and ‘cannot’ came to characterize not only our approach to our new-found faith, but the ways we lived it out as well. However, the more I read […]

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If God is Always With Us – Why Do We Ask Him to “Visit Us”?

Our experience of God should always have a role to play in our attempts to better understand God and God’s activity in the world. Experience can help us determine the validity of a certain theological idea about God when we put that idea to the test in the real world of everyday life. If it seems to work with […]

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Connecting the Dots: The Cross, the Sermon and Discipleship

What does it mean to follow Jesus? What does following Jesus look like? Following Jesus, regardless of when and where you live, will always look the same because it is based in God’s demonstration of love witnessed most powerfully in how Jesus died on the cross. The cross points to what Jesus did for us and how we […]

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2 Themes From the Psalms That Will Forever Change the Way You Read the Book

I recently completed reading through the Psalms and noticed two themes in particular that came up over and over again. Both of which I really didn’t anticipate seeing in this context, but were found throughout. While I won’t take the time to list every passage within each category, I thought I would share a few […]

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