Advent Apologetics Day #13 – Noble Argumentation?

An Advent Apologetic is one that is not quarrelsome but kind, able to teach, and patiently endures evil.  (2 Timothy 2:24)  It has nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; or purposefully creating environments for contention. (2 Timothy 2:23)  It’s one that does not lean towards grumbling or disruption. (Philippians 2:14)  It’s soft in response and does […]

Advent Apologetics Day#12 – It's about Helping

“When we do the work of apologetics we do it as disciples of Jesus, and therefore in the manner in which he would do it. This means, first of all, that we do it to help people, and especially those who want to be helped. Apologetics is a helping ministry.” ~ Dallas Willard An Advent […]

Chucky Church – Exorcisms, Evangelism, and Exaggerations

Yeah, ok… Halloween just passed and I’ll admit it, I watched a horror flick. It wasn’t a typical horror flick in the sense of blood and gore, senseless mayhem, and the like, but it was interesting. The movie was called ‘Deliver us from Evil.’ Supposedly based on a true story of a police officer and […]

Are Bible words Magical?

Is the Bible Magical?   Ok, well, not really in a magical ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Abracadabra’ incantational sort of way,  but perhaps in another?  If you responded to the initial question with a resounding “NO!” then does your use the Bible reflect an attitude that limits its power?  There are many who use the Bible personally, or apply its use toward […]

Rohr’s Honest, Authoritative, but Questionable Hermeneutic.

When people say weird stuff about God or how He interacts with His people, and claim to be using The Bible to support those claims, you have to wonder what interpretive methods they’re using to arrive at their conclusions. Richard Rohr is refreshingly honest in explaining his approach when he says; “You deserve to know […]

70 Effective Evangelism Episodes

As someone very dear to me pointed out yesterday, it’s easy for the church to tip the scales into acting like theological think tanks devoid of action. Sometimes we, and I, can write more about what we’ve done than what we are doing. Sometimes we act like mere humans. (1 Corinthians 13:3) Here in the […]

Should Non-Evangelists Share The Gospel With People They Don't Know?

Have you ever heard this phrase? “You have to earn the right to evangelize someone.” What is usually meant by this is that you need to first develop a relationship with someone before you speak to them about the things of God. Developing relationships WHILE evangelizing is certainly biblical, Jesus befriended sinners (Luke 7:34).  He […]

Are Christians Supposed to 'Stand Up For What They Believe?'

This one was inspired by my nephew who engaged on a difficult question on my Facebook page.  He said, “I am standing up for what I believe I because that is what we are called to do!”   It’s a phrase that I’ve heard hundreds of times in a multitude contexts, but when my nephew […]

Cooked Rice Stains On My Christmas Pants, And How It Happened…

So there I was, kneeling and praying on a floor made of wooden planks not quite fit together for keeping out the elements or critters.  I’ve seen this before, plenty of times, but this day was different.  It wasn’t the wet rice that I was kneeling on that scratched my soul like fingernails on a […]

You Shall Know Them by Your Subjective Evaluation of Their Fruit.

If it were only this easy with thorny people. “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” ~ Jesus (Matthew 7:16) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” ~ […]