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Preparing our kids for a transgender world

Preparing our kids for a transgender world

I had a mom come to me just this past week, concerned about what her 3rd grade child was hearing. (His male teacher came to class with multi-colored fingernail polish and tight shorts, and the first book they read as a class promoted the idea of multiple genders). As...

Leaving Your Church? Consider This First

Leaving Your Church? Consider This First

One night some years ago, I came home from church and opened my computer to read a suddenly popular meme floating around social media: “I am the church.” The meme, so far as I understood it, was intended as a kind of protest against the institutionalization of the...

“The Kingdom of God Is Here—Says Who?”

“The Kingdom of God Is Here—Says Who?”

A friend of mine tells the story of having to do street evangelism for a course he was taking at a Christian college a number of years ago. One had to “win” x number of souls to receive a passing grade. Regarding one attempt to present the gospel, he recalls this...

The Dos of Decision-Making

The Dos of Decision-Making

The decisions we make – even good ones - have far reaching impacts. Sometimes even good decisions go sideways. How do we make good decisions? Here are some tips: Does Scripture already give clear directions? Jesus distilled the Ten Commandments into two: love God and...

The Power of the Dark Side

The Power of the Dark Side

How did you feel the first time you saw Darth Vader on the screen? Probably exactly how Lucas wanted you to feel. This guy is evil.  But Darth Vader didn’t start out that way. He started out as Anakin Skywalker, hero of the prequel trilogy. His fall from grace in...

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

“Speaking with an Atheist about Christianity” is what Robert, a pastor in France, did with me 15 years ago. I affirmed there was no God, and I despised religion. Several months later, I was a believer. Several years after that, I was a Christian philosopher. Looking...

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

A farmer knows more than anyone that technology is God’s gift to push back the curse. Remember the curse God pronounced on Adam, which cursed agriculture and every farmer who would be born thereafter:  To Adam [God] said,  “Because you have listened to the voice of...

Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

The simple answer is that we let our faulty human perspectives cloud our clear understanding of Scripture.  We sometimes doubt the security of salvation because of our experiences with others. I’m sure everyone knows a person who seemed to have a vital walk with the...

Preparing our kids for a transgender world

Preparing our kids for a transgender world

I had a mom come to me just this past week, concerned about what her 3rd grade child was hearing. (His male teacher came to class with multi-colored fingernail polish and tight shorts, and the first book they read as a class promoted the idea of multiple genders). As...

Leaving Your Church? Consider This First

Leaving Your Church? Consider This First

One night some years ago, I came home from church and opened my computer to read a suddenly popular meme floating around social media: “I am the church.” The meme, so far as I understood it, was intended as a kind of protest against the institutionalization of the...

“The Kingdom of God Is Here—Says Who?”

“The Kingdom of God Is Here—Says Who?”

A friend of mine tells the story of having to do street evangelism for a course he was taking at a Christian college a number of years ago. One had to “win” x number of souls to receive a passing grade. Regarding one attempt to present the gospel, he recalls this...

The Dos of Decision-Making

The Dos of Decision-Making

The decisions we make – even good ones - have far reaching impacts. Sometimes even good decisions go sideways. How do we make good decisions? Here are some tips: Does Scripture already give clear directions? Jesus distilled the Ten Commandments into two: love God and...

The Power of the Dark Side

The Power of the Dark Side

How did you feel the first time you saw Darth Vader on the screen? Probably exactly how Lucas wanted you to feel. This guy is evil.  But Darth Vader didn’t start out that way. He started out as Anakin Skywalker, hero of the prequel trilogy. His fall from grace in...

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

“Speaking with an Atheist about Christianity” is what Robert, a pastor in France, did with me 15 years ago. I affirmed there was no God, and I despised religion. Several months later, I was a believer. Several years after that, I was a Christian philosopher. Looking...

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

A farmer knows more than anyone that technology is God’s gift to push back the curse. Remember the curse God pronounced on Adam, which cursed agriculture and every farmer who would be born thereafter:  To Adam [God] said,  “Because you have listened to the voice of...

Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

The simple answer is that we let our faulty human perspectives cloud our clear understanding of Scripture.  We sometimes doubt the security of salvation because of our experiences with others. I’m sure everyone knows a person who seemed to have a vital walk with the...

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