Life Lesson: Christian Discipleship is Not About Being Smart

Here are two things I’ve come to learn over the past 20 years – 1) Christian discipleship is not about being smart. 2) Two degrees in Christian theology isn’t a one-way ticket to Christlikeness. I realize I may have raised the eyebrows of many of my friends who currently work in Christian academia, but please […]

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What’s in your hand?

I love reading the story in Matthew 15 about Jesus’s feeding of the 4000.  The basic premise is that thousands of people were following Jesus (4000 men, plus women and children), listening to Him speak and being healed from various ailments.  After three days had passed, Jesus became concerned because they had nothing to eat, […]

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Church Symbols and Stop Signs: We Need Both

In Eugene Peterson’s book, The Pastor, he highlighted the various stages that went into the construction process of their first church building. For instance, he described how much thought went into the placement of the pulpit, at the center of the building, with the seats all around, emphasizing the centered place that scripture should have […]

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Escaping Christian Escapism – Pulling the Future Ideal of ‘New Creation’ into the Present

It was the apostle Paul who first introduced the New Testament idea of people being made new through the life-giving grace of Jesus Christ. In a number of his correspondences, he chose the phrase ‘new creation’ as a way to capture the essence of Christ’s saving vision for the world. However, when people think about […]

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Questioning the Biblical Basis of the Left Behind Movie Series and its Rapture Theology – Part 2

As the latest movie in the Left Behind series is scheduled to launch on October 3, 2014, I’ve been thinking once again about its primary theme of ‘rapture theology.’ In my previous post, I highlighted two videos from N.T. (Tom) Wright where he briefly outlined his views as to why the whole idea of rapture […]

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The Left Behind Series, N.T. Wright and the Error of Rapture Theology

In view of the soon to be released Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage (Oct. 2014), I thought it important to showcase two exceptional videos from Tom Wright. In these short clips, Tom lays out his interpretation of the key text, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, that many have used to support the rapture of the church. In the […]

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