There's been a lot of chatter in Christian circles again about what is known as a "heartbeat bill," and the prattling continues because Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, vetoed the legislation and then just a couple of days ago, the legislature failed to override it. Predictably, conservatives are out of sorts because they really wanted the bill to get passed. The question I want to raise is this: Should we support a heartbeat bill? I mean, after all, at least it's something to stop the slaughter, right? No. You shouldn't support it. Heartbeat bills are immoral, unjust laws. And here's [...]
Driving through D.C. today had me thinking about something: how can we get through the sludge of big government and actually make a good change in this nation, and do so virtually overnight? Along a similar line of thinking, how could the (true) Church make some noise that would virtually cripple the entire nation, yet, while doing so, move it in a hugely positive direction? Well, rest assured, this isn't far-fetched. Here's how we can change America in two very easy steps. Are you ready? [This is not a joke, by the way.] Step #1: Every single Christian family that names the name of Christ [...]
One thing the Church is good at is lobbing water balloons over the trenches during battle (thinking that somehow we are doing something helpful), all the while the enemy's .50 cal is mowing us down. Worse yet, many stand back thinking that they shouldn't even throw a water balloon, let alone engage in any form of battle. Unfortunately, at this point, I've already offended someone with the analogy. Our aversion to cultural engagement comes from a thorough conviction that Jesus would't want it that way, which is fueled by a quasi-Gnostic dualism that rejects any material "victory" in history. After all, [...]
This past Saturday night I joined up with my friend Pastor Eric Stewart from ONElife Church in Flint, MI to teach on what it means to have a covenantal, biblical worldview. I taught two sessions, called "Worldview Foundation," and "Worldview Application." Eric and his wife Lori walked through what it looks like to understand family (and church) in a covenantal way. The videos are all below.
I was recently made aware that the Department of Education in the state of Michigan is currently soliciting opinions from the people of our beautiful state. As it turns out, "Every voice counts" when it comes to this particular issue. Of course, we all know what that really means: We will listen to you as long as you agree with us. That's what the intoleristas are good at; tolerance only goes so far for those intolerant tolerance-proclaimers. In a war of "good news" messages, the "good news" for those a part of the sexual revolution is that sexuality and gender identity is entirely subjective, [...]
1.) Gather with the Church. Don’t tell me you are leading your family well when your church attendance is one week a month. The gathering of the saints of God is a sacred thing; it’s a time for corporate worship as we join with the heavenly angels in the eternal song of praise to our King. It’s edifying to your soul, it’s edifying to everyone around you. The Christian Sabbath is exceedingly important. You need Word and Sacrament–often. The Scripture commends it to you. Husbands: your wife needs you to lead your family. Fathers: your children need you to lead your family. So prove [...]
Everyone makes disciples, and everyone shares good news about it. Just think about all the disciples that are made each and every fall as college football and the NFL kicks off (pun intended) with a brand new season full of thrills and excitement. It's not new. It's the same game played each and every year. But there's much to be excited about. Why? Because we love it. We throw on our favorite jersey, eat our favorite nachos, and party while grown men war for a trophy. It's great. Disciples love the object that is teaching them something. The very definition of a disciple [...]
3 months, 12 sermons and 52,000+ words later... My first book is now available for purchase. I titled it The Fight for Joy: Reflections on the Book of Philippians and you can pick it up several different ways: My eStore (use coupon code '3TQE5DZN' for 20% off!) Amazon.com Barnes & Noble.com Books-A-Million Kindle (Coming soon!) Amazon (United Kingdom) Live in Italy? Grab it here. (Available in Europe) I'm so excited about this book as it is the combination of commentary/exegesis, personal stories, and reflection. It is more than just a book about a letter to the church at Philippi. For me [...]