Do you think Christianity is inclusive or exclusive? Who is allowed in and how are they allowed in? We need to understand that the cross of Christ is both inclusive and exclusive. HOW THE CROSS IS INCLUSIVE The cross is inclusive in that there are no barriers to who is invited, who is able to… Continue reading Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?
There is a modern cultural disagreement about the idea of speaking the truth in love. On one side we have people who do not believe in truth. (Well, they will say they believe in truth, but that truth is relative. If all truth is relative, there is no truth). On the other side you have… Continue reading Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love
There is a question of what a sermon should entail. Should a sermon be focused on doctrine, the Gospel, or practical application? Your answer may differ depending on the type of church you grew up in or attend now. Those who grew up in what are considered liturgical churches most likely grew up in Gospel-heavy… Continue reading Should Sermons Teach the Gospel, Doctrine, or Practical Application?
It is popular to say, “God is for things, not against things.” This is one of the many pendulum swing reactionary ideas facing the church today. The background of this is that for many decades, all churches or Christians talked about were those things they were against. All that anyone outside of the church knew… Continue reading Is God For or Against People, Actions, and Mindsets?
I have written several times in the past on the importance and theological accuracy of Gospel-centered theology. Cross-, Jesus-centered. Many have asked me for resources on how to study Gospel-centered theology. I have created a short bibliography that you may find helpful. Although I have not read every one of these books, I have read… Continue reading Gospel-Centered Resources
When we talk about bitterness, we need to first define it. We are not talking about a bitter cup of coffee or candy bar. We are talking about the attitude carried by some people. Bitterness often comes from feeling wronged. We get angry, disappointed, and become resentful of those who have hurt us. If we… Continue reading How to Get Rid of Bitterness
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
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
“Triggered” is a word gaining popularity in our culture. I remember a time when it was not part of common language. Now it seems very common. It generally means that something has stimulated a powerful emotional reaction from the person who is “triggered.” In their recent book, Triggers: Exchanging Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses,… Continue reading Loving Our Children Who “Trigger” Us Guest Blogger Shannon Madden
Throughout the latter part of last century there was a lot of “legalism” in the church. There are many different kinds of legalism, but I am referring to the kind which adds laws to God‘s laws. Many churches, pastors, and Christians started to move away from this in the new millennia. Again I’m not specifically… Continue reading Why Christians Believe in Marriage Before Sex