One night, a matter of a few hours, was all that separated Christ from the brutality of the Cross. The pain of His closest friends abandoning Him, the horror of the Father's wrath towards sin. What did Jesus do to prepare Himself, to steel His courage for Good Friday? How did He emotionally and psychologically calm Himself … Continue reading When Unity Hurts the Church
How to Suffer Well (James 5:7-10)
Last week we saw James speak to a group of wealthy people who were exploiting and taking advantage of the poor. This week, James turns and speaks to the poor who are being oppressed and encourages them. And here is what he encourages them with: Jesus is coming soon. And because Jesus is coming soon, … Continue reading How to Suffer Well (James 5:7-10)
“Nietzsche is Dead.” – God
Friedrich Nietzsche, God’s alleged murderer/coroner, seemed to lack any fear of the chaos that God’s death would bring, but rather passionately plunged himself into the oncoming torrent of darkness.
The Good and Bad of the LGBT Movement
For Christians, could there be good things that come from the recent LGBT movement? What are the bad?
The Bible and Homosexuality
At Sola, we recently discussed the topic of the Bible and Homosexuality. I spoke to a room full of students between 6th and 12th grade, along with their parents - below is the audio for the lesson, as well as the follow up Q&A session. Because of time restraints, I simply was not able to cover … Continue reading The Bible and Homosexuality
What If I Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
This is the fourth and final part of my transcript from my lesson on the Bible and Homosexuality - you can find the audio and other parts here. Many of you may have never had to wrestle with this at all, some of you may have felt confusing feelings that you feel like you can’t really … Continue reading What If I Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
How is that Loving?
This is the third part of my transcript of my talk on the Bible and Homosexuality - you can find the audio and the other parts here. “Okay, I see that is true – but man, doesn’t that sound harsh?” That is a common sentiment among young people when they encounter the Bible’s teaching on … Continue reading How is that Loving?
God’s Design for Sexuality
This is the second part of my transcript of my talk on the Bible and Homosexuality - you can find the audio and the other parts here. The Bible tells us that in the beginning God created everything, and He created it “good”. Hebrew scholars often refer to God’s design for creation with the word shalom. … Continue reading God’s Design for Sexuality
The Ugly Dance
This is the first part of my transcript of my talk on the Bible and Homosexuality - you can find the audio and the other parts here. With the recent surge of LGBT activism that has swept our nation, I have seen many people interact with and dialogue about the good and the bad things that … Continue reading The Ugly Dance
The “Idol-Detector” Test
I recently have been reading through J.D. Greear's little book, "Gospel" and have been loving it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The book outlines how the Gospel radically transforms us, from the inside-out. In his chapter, "God is Better", Greear has what he calls an "idol-detector" test, which is a short … Continue reading The “Idol-Detector” Test