In every culture, there are biblical principles and practices that are culturally acceptable; things to which even non-believers say, “Yes, that’s a great idea. Everyone should live like that.” And there are other principles and practices non-believers find reprehensible, saying, “I’ll never accept that.” Here are a few thoughts about the biblical doctrines non-believers find … Read moreBible Teachings Unbelievers Love and Hate
I’m very happy that the church is interested in reaching my generation, the so-called “millennial” generation. But I hope you’ll forgive me for saying that when we talk about evangelism to the millennial generation, the conversation usually sounds more like market research for some product than it does about sharing a 2,000 year old truth … Read moreThe Best Ways for the Church to Reach Millennials
I have seen it happen again and again, and probably you have too: the most immature member controlling the direction of the entire congregation. I have seen inappropriate behavior not only tolerated but emerge as the most effective way to get something done. I have seen churches give the mission of God away to the … Read moreWeaker Brother or Disruptive Christian?
Even though we do not observe Thanksgiving as a holy day or a religious holiday, it is a time when most Americans are thankful for the blessings they have received. Such an expression of gratitude is proper. But rather than expressing it just one day each year, we ought to be thankful every day. We … Read moreThanksgiving and the Giving of Thanks
The Restoration Plea has been taught in our land for two centuries now, yet many in this generation have not heard it. It says: Let us speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent. Let us call Bible things by Bible names and do Bible things in Bible ways. Let’s … Read moreThe Restoration Plea
We have a tendency to think of Christianity in very individualistic ways, “If I want to be a Christian, that is between me and God; and if I don’t want to be a Christian, that is between me and God.” But the truth is, your decision to follow Jesus – or not follow Jesus – … Read moreUnderstanding Your Christian Obligation to the Next Generation
I have been asked by several to share my thoughts on Halloween. As the day came and went this year, I reflected on the issue quite a bit. It seems to me there is a group of Christians who say something along the lines of, “It’s an evil holiday. If your kids eat candy or … Read moreShould Christians Celebrate Halloween? (Some Personal Thoughts)
Many well-meaning religious folks have built an entire theology around the assumption it is impossible for a Christian to fall away and lose his salvation. But what if that assumption is false? Let’s examine what the Bible says about a Christian losing his or her salvation. There are several passages which are often used as … Read moreCan Christians Lose Their Salvation – What Does the Bible Say?
When it comes to behavior choices, it seems many people are only asking one question, “Is it wrong?” Questions like, is it wrong to gamble? Is it wrong to smoke? Is it wrong to have one beer? Is it wrong to dance? Or even, is it wrong to skip Wednesday night Bible study? While the … Read more“Is it Wrong?” Why There Are Other Questions You Need to Ask
The phrase, “Church growth” has become a buzzword in religious circles. For many, the size of a church is the primary way to judge its health and success. They believe churches should do anything and everything to grow their numbers, because size is what matters. But on the other hand, there are those who assume … Read moreJesus Doesn’t Judge A Church By Its Size