Grace · Legalism · Love · Mercy · Pharisees · Salvation

What is Christian Legalism?

There is a lot we could say about legalism and how to define it. Legalism comes in many shapes and sizes and can’t be easily pinpointed. In short, legalism is man-centered, performance-based faith – and is not God-dependent. It says that everything is earned through keeping rules. Or we could define legalism as “adding” to… Continue reading What is Christian Legalism?

Church Life · Communication · Confrontation · Gospel · Love · Truth

Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love

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

Love · Nice · Speak · Truth

Being Nice is Not the 11th Commandment

A pervasive idea today is that being nice equals being Christian. It is used as a bludgeoning stick in today’s area of debate to attempt to control people in their thoughts, actions, and words. In some circles, even religious ones, being nice has become the 11th commandment. But if we look to Scripture, is it… Continue reading Being Nice is Not the 11th Commandment

Love · Thankful · Thanksgiving · Trials

3 Reasons to be Thankful to God This Thanksgiving

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is not the only time that Christians have to be thankful. That being said, it is not wrong that we set aside a specific holiday to do such a thing. Here are 3 reasons Christians can give thanks to God this season. GIVE THANKS FOR HIS ENDURING LOVE The… Continue reading 3 Reasons to be Thankful to God This Thanksgiving

Anger · Communication · Conversation · Debate · Election · King Jesus · Kingdom of God · Love · Offense · Politics · Proclaim Jesus · Social media · Truth · Uncategorized · wrath

13 Commitments for Christians Talking Politics: An Overview

I have written a four-part series on how Christians should talk about politics. This is really a list of commitments I am trying to make as a Christian during an election season, and I ask that you would make it with me. With so many things covered, I thought it would be good to synthesize… Continue reading 13 Commitments for Christians Talking Politics: An Overview

Election · Jesus · Jesus First · King Jesus · Listen · Listening · Love · Politics · Speak · Truth · wrath

Commitments for Christians Talking Politics

I don’t think anyone would argue that politics have become more toxic over the last couple of decades. The divides between parties, the advent of 24-hour news, and social media have fed this beast. While our grandparents refused to talk about sex, politics, and money, it seems like that is all we talk about. Christians… Continue reading Commitments for Christians Talking Politics

Envy · Kindness · Love · Marriage · patience

Three Practical Marriage Tips

If we were to take a poll of wedding ceremonies and which passages are most read, chances are I Corinthians 13 would be at the top.  Dozens of couples I have performed a ceremony for over the years, had someone read I Corinthians 13 during nuptials.  Now the context of I Corinthians 13 is not… Continue reading Three Practical Marriage Tips

Charity · Justice · Love

Charity Triumphs Over Justice

In my blog  Defending Justice From the Social Warriors  I defined  justice. My base and simple definition: justice is people being able to own themselves and their possessions. In a follow-up article, Jesus Discusses Justice , I wrote how I believe Jesus taught this same definition of justice. The question automatically follows from those who do… Continue reading Charity Triumphs Over Justice

Dating · Daughters · Love · Marriage · Wife

Why I Date Three Women at Once

I’ve met a few guys in life who like to “play the field,”  guys who are interested in dating several women at once. I used to think this was a bad thing, but I think I figured out how to use it to my advantage. Some guys just go on random dates with random girls.… Continue reading Why I Date Three Women at Once

Forgiveness · Love · Peace · Relationships

Do I Have to Get Along With Everyone?

There is a lot of pressure on Christians to get along with everyone. The banner of love is, and should be, waived high as one of the central Christian ethos. Not only are we to love others, but we are even called to help different parties come together. Jesus even says in His Sermon on… Continue reading Do I Have to Get Along With Everyone?