Desperate for Nothing

If we were asked if we desire the world's attention, most of us would probably say, "no." However, there are often little things we do to betray that answer. There is a hunger for notoriety that seems to plague us all from time to time. Even as Christians, who know God and enjoy him, we still often think … Continue reading Desperate for Nothing

Smartphones and Fallen Natures

Have our smartphones made us better people? Back in the 90s, the power of the computer age was still in its infancy. For example, if you wanted to watch something, you only had so many options. You were held captive to the schedules of the major broadcasting networks and cable companies. Sure, you could pop a tape into the VCR, but … Continue reading Smartphones and Fallen Natures

Trojan Horse Christians

If the Greeks had delivered their gift to the people of Troy and said, "This is a huge wooden horse filled with soldiers ready to kill you." the people of Troy would have known what they were getting. Instead, a real Trojan horse involves deception; it involves treachery you would not see coming. Here is the … Continue reading Trojan Horse Christians

The Prodigal’s Return

But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 The kiss of the father in the parable of the prodigal son is full of meaning. The prodigal has returned home, but only after forsaking his father and … Continue reading The Prodigal’s Return

Why We Are Called Christians

"The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." Acts 11:26 The lives of the converts were so different from their unbelieving neighbors, that they were called Christians. It is supposed that the name was given them in mockery or contempt by the heathen people of Antioch. But the name stuck, and is now used universally … Continue reading Why We Are Called Christians

7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill. This means that not everyone is called to be a teacher; it also means just because someone is gifted does not mean they do not need to improve their skills. Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching. The sound of your voice, … Continue reading 7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

Perhaps we rely on entertainment in the church to keep things interesting because we do not trust enough in God to keep our gatherings compelling. Entertainment is easy compared to waiting on God because waiting on God requires that we come to church with hearts prepared, undistracted by the world, and with a desire to … Continue reading Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

To the Christians in Afghanistan

To the Christians in Afghanistan, especially those of you about to die for your faith, I doubt you will ever have the chance to read this, but my heart breaks for you. The Lord knows your anguish. He knows the trouble you face, and he is aware of your powerlessness. He also sees your poverty, … Continue reading To the Christians in Afghanistan

5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit

If you are a Christian, you battle with sin. I do not need to list examples of the struggles with the flesh you may have. The minute you read the title of this post, you most likely had a specific battle in mind. You have within you both flesh and Spirit, and the two are … Continue reading 5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit

Living on the Borders of Sodom

Run for your lives! Do not stop anywhere in the plain. Do not look back! Escape to the mountain, or you will die! (Genesis 19:17). This is still the gospel message. We are in danger of God's judgment and must escape from it if we would live. We must not stay anywhere in all the … Continue reading Living on the Borders of Sodom