Everyone wants the "old faith" but who wants the work? Is Bible reading, prayer, church-attendance, "accountability partners" really all that necessary? Perhaps there is some other way to achieve intimacy with God...?
What Do Homosexuality, Women in the Church & Home, Fornication, Divorce & Remarriage, Emergent & Hell All Have In Common?
There are some things in life which are not important until they are essential. One of these things is insurance. Another is a parachute. Another is a life raft. In ministry, one of these things is knowing where you stand on a hot-button topic. I am convinced that the time to form an opinion is NOT half-way through a ministry posting, when a hot-button topic suddenly surfaces and threatens to wound hearts, destroy relationships, squelch spiritual life and tear the ministry asunder. This is absolutely not the time to be caught flat-footed, with no research and completely oblivious to the nuances and complexities on a certain topic. When you formulate an opinion before entering a ministry posting, one has leisure to study it fully and come to one's beliefs in an honest and unbiased manner. In the heat of the moment, however, one has neither leisure nor objectivity. Most importantly, the decision becomes a deeply personal event: now you are not just making up your mind, but potentially condemning the actions of vulnerable, hurting peoples. This is the stuff of church-splits and scandal.
These last few months have been months of realizing the importance of little words I skimmed over in college, which are highly important in navigating the oceans of life, and […]
This post should be read in the context of “Headship and Submission in the Home,” and “Follow Up Post…” There has been MUCH written and said on the topic of […]
Originally titled "Diagnosis, Prognosis, Cure," this sermon looks at the reality of Sin, and the Good News that it can be "fixed" in Jesus Christ.