For the sake of your own Souls, Please DO NOT ‘Obey your Pastors’

In one of our previous Discipleship Group settings, we had what I would consider a MAJOR breakthrough, a liberation of sorts.  Here’s what happened.  We were going through the Ephesians 4 giftings, and collectively considering what might be the predominant characteristics of an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, and Pastor-Teacher.  The evening unfolded many “eye-opening” concepts for the group, but […]

Was There Evangelism in the Old Testament?

In order to consider Old Testament Evangelism properly, we’ll have to define “evangelism.”  Evangelism is not soul-winning.  Evangelism is simply announcing, declaring, or preaching the good news, glad tidings, or the person of Christ Himself.  The Gospel is sometimes expressed as a person, Christ, bet never expressed apart from him.  The God Message and the God-Man are […]

10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are more […]

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 […]

Are You Squirrely about 'Causing other's to Stumble?'

Quick! Hide from those stumbling saints! “So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat it again as long as I live–for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:13 “As long as I practice my Christian liberty in private, then I don’t have to worry about […]

So, What's Wrong With The Epistles?

“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the […]

Organic Theology?

Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Strength Of The Argument.

My truth, even before coming to faith, has always been rooted in the “strength of the argument.” I can remember reading Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” at a very young age and finding his propositions concerning “fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness,” to be powerful and convincing. In that book, he said, […]