Recently, a megachurch pastor drew fire for saying, “Don’t attend a church that teaches your children to hate church.” The larger context of his statements indicated that smaller churches are the kind of churches that cause children to hate church. This pastor, who I will leave nameless, has since apologized for his disparaging comments. The… Continue reading What Makes a Church Attractive to Kids?
It’s a gambling term that gives me pause every time I hear or speak it. But, “all in” is the buzz phrase for passion today. It’s confidence in the strength of your cards to the point of risking everything. Using poker table language as a metaphor of faith commitment troubles me greatly. But, it is… Continue reading The Incarnation of All In
If someone asked you to explain the gospel, what would you say? What would be your key points? What Scriptures would you use? All believers should know how to share the gospel. Below we’ll look at one possible way to explain it.
Ever see a frightening angel in a nativity scene? Me neither. They’re always cute little kids or beautiful women (or really effeminate looking men). The same thing is true of the angels on most Christmas trees. That’s just not right.
After what I considered to be a decent morning sermon, one of our church members handed me a note as I was greeting people at the door. Later I opened it and read a verse from 1 Corinthians 14— And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 1 Corinthians… Continue reading The Charity of Clarity