Within my tribe (Churches of Christ) and within other groups as well, there is a danger in reading Jude verse 3 with an air of finality: "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith … Continue reading A Once And For All Faith?
Sermon Series: Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet / What To Do When We Don't Agree The book of Jonah is a prophetic masterpiece that is often neglected by churches in their teaching. It is a vivid picture of how a faith community that becomes self-obsessed and in-grown fails to embody the life God has called us … Continue reading What Do You Do With A Reluctant Prophet?
I remember a summer camp skit I saw years ago where a family was gathered watching TV and one kid got up and said, "I'm heading off to pray, anybody need anything?" I think we all appreciate that prayer is not just the practice of asking God for stuff. Prayer is about expressing concerns and … Continue reading Adding Silence to your Prayer Life
I was reading the parable of the Prodigal Son this week (Luke 15: 11 – 32) and the greatest insult of the younger son's request is what is implied by the request. To ask for your inheritance now is wishing your father was dead. 'I wish you were dead so I could get on with … Continue reading Our Inheritance
Jesus: Head and Foot. What do we do when stories from different parts of the Bible don't agree?
Last night I came to our mid-week youth program thinking I was teaching a class and instead I learned a great deal. We are studying the character and nature of God and we were learning about four of God's character traits. God is Just God is Unchanging God is Gracious God is Unfathomable With the … Continue reading The Teacher and the Student
After May 21st, either the world really will end or the public ministry of prophet Harold Camping will be over. He's the guy that made the prediction that the world will end this Saturday. He and his followers believe that at 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 21, a massive earthquake will begin near New … Continue reading One of Two Things Will End May 21st
A continuation from yesterday. OK just one more post with some thoughts about H-E- double hockey sticks. It is amazing when you contrast the difference between the typical beliefs of the general public and the understanding that people had when the Bible was written. People's notion of hell today is so radically different. The Hebrew … Continue reading Truth Wins
Yesterday I wrote about things that we know aren't true about Hell from what the Bible teaches: Hell is not underground Satan is not in charge of hell Hell is not hot and full of fire. I believe the image of fire (which is common in the Scriptures) is meant to operate on a number … Continue reading A Biblical View of Hell
Continuing from yesterday... Before I share what I think is a Biblical understanding of Hell (what it is and what it isn't ) I would like to share some resources I found helpful in thinking about Hell (in addition to the Bible): Scot McKnight's One Life, in particular chapter 12, gives a good, responsible treatment … Continue reading A Biblical View of What Hell Isn't