Advent Apologetics Day #3 – Helpless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless

One of the families we were happy to meet and serve during last year’s Christmas Basket Project in a community where the Gospel was not known.  “If your apologetic isn’t rooted in hope, then it’s just an argument from malice.” Advent Apologetics is about hope for the helpless.     Dietrich Bonhoeffer said; “A prison […]

Advent Apologetics Day #2 – Living and Searching Together

Each day, during Advent, I’ll be posting a short article relating two things; Apologetics and Advent.  This is the second part in the series. I’d invite you to read the first part here. It might seem odd, but I believe Advent and Apologetics do fit well together. Yesterday, I said that I would proceed on […]

Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

Why ‘Christian Accountability’ Fails to Make Disciples.

‘The great Christian apologist C. S. Lewis wrote that the word he detested most was ‘interference.’ “Interference occurs when someone sticks his nose in your business. However, that’s precisely what discipleship is all about. If you want to grow in a meaningful way, you not only must tolerate another person’s intimate knowledge of you, you […]

Avoiding the Guilt of Non-Discipleship by Ignoring Those Who Do… In Honor of Kevin

“Now, I’m not saying this to seek pity. I actually noticed something else I think is much more significant than being left out.” These were some of the last words sent to me by my friend Kevin who passed yesterday. Allow me to give a little context and change some names so as not to […]

The Benjamin Button Church Fallacy

There’s a tendency to hold that the early church must have been the most accurate in its doctrines. That tendency is often matched by the desire to force a pet contemporary theology into the early church framework. I see a couple of problems here, but I’ll ask these question first: Is the church’s understanding of […]

Disembodied Discipleship

Discipleship demands that Christians reduce the distance between themselves and others and follow the living Jesus of the Gospel narratives into costly solidarity with those whom society oppresses and neglects, with “the outcasts, the suspects … the reviled. To create a safe distance between yourselves and those you intend to ‘disciple’ is to disembody yourself […]

God Will Judge America if ‘THAT’ Candidate Wins the Election.

“God will not hold us guiltless [if THAT Candidate is elected],” “God will judge America for failing to support ‘THAT’ candidate who will “get us back to the biblical values that founded our nation, a nation that was founded for God.” “God is using ‘THAT’ candidate to prepare America for Christ’s return.” If we don’t […]

Are You Unruly?

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) NASB I don’t know about you, but it bristles me to have the word ‘unruly’ tossed at me or others who are not ‘disorderly’ ‘unruleable’ ‘disruptive’ or ‘amenable to discipline or control.’ Granted, I may […]

The Bad News of The Gospel

Lately, I’ve been initiating gospel conversations with Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  When circumstances permit, and are prudent, I like to ‘field test’ different approaches to relay the gospel to see if perhaps one is more effective than then others.  By ‘effective,’ I mean resulting in […]