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150 Article Milestone!

Maddening Theology has consistently provided  an article each week since October 26, 2016. We  want to use this week’s blog to say thanks to the thousands of people who have visited our site. There is now a library of helpful articles covering such issues as  parenting, theology, philosophy, marriage and a plethora of other topics… Continue reading 150 Article Milestone!

Creation · Prayer · Psalms · Worry

Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Over the last couple of decades there has been a push to replace God with His creation. You will hear people say things like, “The woods are my church.” By that, they mean that you can worship God just as well, if not better, in the woods. Think about it – there are no distractions;… Continue reading Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Church · Internet · Local Church · Online · Online Church

From the Pew to the Pillow: 3 Things Online Church Cannot Do For You

Over the years I’ve run into people who have moved from the pew to the pillow when it comes to church. They have gone from attending a local church in a physical building, to becoming part of an online church. Their “online church” is where they listen for spiritual guidance, give their time, money, and… Continue reading From the Pew to the Pillow: 3 Things Online Church Cannot Do For You

Eternal Security · Forgiveness · Salvation

Can I Lose My Salvation?

One question I often get from people is, “Can I lose my salvation?” There are several reasons that people ask this. First, some Protestant denominations  teach that you could lose your salvation. Not many of them, but enough that this becomes a question within Christianity. The second reason that people may think that they could… Continue reading Can I Lose My Salvation?

Creation · Garden · Genesis · Good · Gospel

The Gospel Begins With Good

There are many things within Christianity that are tough to deal with for many people. The concept of hell, being a sinner, or sin needing to be punished can be hurdles for people to jump over to get to Jesus. When we read Scripture, we see that some love the cross, and it is foolish… Continue reading The Gospel Begins With Good

Bible Study · Disciple · Discipleship · Gospel · Jesus · John

A Quick Discipleship Guide in John

We use this word “disciple” a lot, but often we either do not define it well, don’t understand it’s fullness, or do not help people practically enough to be able to help actually disciple someone else. The simple goal of Christian discipleship is to help someone follow Jesus better. A disciple is someone who learns,… Continue reading A Quick Discipleship Guide in John

Confession · Disciple · Discipleship · Encouragement · Prayer · Reconcile · Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

There are times that people struggle with their church in how it is doing spiritually. This is not unusual, and at times is even healthy. I’m not addressing this in response to anyone lately – please understand that. That being said I’ve heard this from various people  in the past about their churches, so I… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

Ministry

From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

I was a youth and music minister, 2005-2007, in a small town called Wauchula, FL.  I enjoyed my time there greatly, and there were a lot of “salt of the earth“ type people. This was my first full-time job right out of college. The majority of my time was spent being a pastor to teenagers.… Continue reading From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

Bike · God's Glory · Hike · Prayer · Prayer Guide · Walk

Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

The Spring of 2019 was huge for our community. We had an already amazing rail trail reopen with a new resurfaced path. As I write this, I am working remotely while hiking on the trail. The O&W and D&H Rail Trails run blocks from Main Street, and I can access both trails from the church… Continue reading Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

Anger · Forgiveness · Friends · Friendship · Kindness · Relationships

5 Tips from God on Relationships

Here are five quick tips on how God wants us to deal with each other in relationships. Deal with problems sooner rather than later. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  People are often stronger in relationship. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though a man… Continue reading 5 Tips from God on Relationships