Hanging out with Christians on social media can be a trip sometimes. Whether in Facebook groups or just in the comments on ministry posts, you can encounter many different viewpoints among people who are all supposed to be in one accord. This week, two people on two different sites stated definitively that giving one’s life… Continue reading Lordship Salvation: What Does It Mean to Believe?
I could feel the pressure starting to build with each word the insurance lady spoke. It was pushing at the backs of my words as I waited for my turn to speak. “Maintain your Christian witness. Maintain your Christian witness. Maintain…” My head felt like it was swelling with the effort of holding back my… Continue reading The Spirit of Frustration: Causes and Cures
In Revelation 3:16-17, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea that they are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. It’s a metaphor describing the condition of their spiritual walk, and it comes with consequences that are as vivid as they are dire: God will vomit them out of His mouth. But what does it mean to be… Continue reading Are You a Lukewarm Christian? 3 Steps to Red Hot
In times of comfort and prosperity, everyone wears a mask. It’s called the “mask of civility,” and it is a polite, controlled covering of whatever lies underneath. During times of crisis, however, the masks come off to reveal people’s true natures, whatever they may be. Recent reports from both the news and a friend’s firsthand… Continue reading The Fruit of the Spirit During Times of Crisis
People are wired to worship. We were created by God to worship Him, and doing so meets deep-seated needs that we have in our lives. Even people who say they don’t believe in God live a lifestyle of worship. They have put something other than God upon the throne of their lives. They love it,… Continue reading Modern Idolatry: Meeting Needs Without God