Why We Need to Seriously Reconsider the Whole Idea Behind the ‘Altar Call’

Asking people to make a decision to have their sins forgiven, but spending little time calling them to become disciples, is like telling someone half a story, while leaving them to figure out the rest on their own. Our preoccupation with getting people to make a decision is not only contrary to the biblical call to make […]

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What’s the Plan? The Adjustment Bureau and the Question of Free Will

The most common questions about God in contemporary society center less on whether or not God exists and more on what kind of God exists. And, by way of extension, what kind of world did God chose to create? This question forms the basis of director George Nolfi’s film, The Adjustment Bureau. The storyline of […]

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Living in the Present as People of the Future: The Church as the Echo of the Kingdom of God

God’s promised future world is something we wait for and work for. It is a dream we hope for and live for – right now. Anchored in the kingdom Jesus inaugurated and demonstrated throughout his public ministry, death and resurrection, we’re called to echo the future and full realties of God’s promised ‘kingdom come’ in the ‘kingdom now.’ In […]

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2 Things Christians Should Consider in Our Public Use of the Phrase ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember the season, the […]

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Jesus, Enemy-Love and the Church: A Call to Put Away our Swords, Stop Fighting and Embrace the Other

Christians are all too often known more for what they stand against, than what they stand for. Contemporary enemies, as we have defined them at least, are the people and issues we fight against in the public square. As those who claim to follow Jesus, an enemy-loving Lord, why do we so often choose to hate our enemies […]

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The Danger of Seeking God

The danger of seeking God comes when the picture or conception of God we have formulated is inaccurate. If we have created an image of God built around little more than our own psychological projections, contemporary philosophical assumptions, or religious persuasions, maybe we need to take a step back and reflect on another picture. For instance, […]

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No Walls Needed: The Ten Commandments, Evangelism by Force and Walking Away from Christianity

I’m just going to say it…Placing the ten commandments on the walls of our schools or attempting to force people to recite the Lord’s Prayer in public spaces, is not the way to spread Christianity. Believing that we can create positive change by enforcing it through a law-based means runs counter to the grace-filled, discipleship […]

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