Category: Christian Living

Resisting the Sacred vs. Secular Divide

As Christians, we affirm Christ’s lordship over all of life—or at least we know we’re supposed to. Should our lives be separated into distinct spheres, with our secular interests and pursuits—what many think of as the ordinary humdrum of day-to-day lif... Read More »

A Powerful yet Dangerous Tool

It is probably safe to say that I am not the only one glad Election 2016 is now complete. Let me assure you that this is not going to be a political post, except to say I was compelled to write on this subject because of the most recent political cycle. It has... Read More »

A Jolt From Jonah

The noteworthy theologian Darth Vader once said to a colleague, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” When we turn to the Old Testament book of Jonah, we encounter a lack of faith that is devastatingly disturbing. We are jolted to discover that the lack ... Read More »

The Deadly Sins Of Digital Culture

For those who strive to walk in the way of Jesus of Nazareth, the question of character formation is of paramount importance. Jesus Himself underscored the primacy of one’s character in His remark that “the things that proceed out of the mouth come from th... Read More »

Racism, Violence, and the Gospel

On July 7, we were once again confronted with the problem of violence and the state of race relations in our country as Micah Xavier Johnson shot and killed five Dallas police officers and wounded many more. The deadly attack followed the police shootings of t... Read More »

Do Black Lives Matter?

President Obama and a host of other leaders seem unable to resolve the racial tensions in our country. And neither they nor anyone else will ever succeed unless there is a return to acknowledging the words found in Genesis: “And Adam called his wife’s name... Read More »

Supporting Perry – Supporting Us All

Am I rejoicing at Perry Noble’s forced departure from NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina? I could scarcely believe my ears when that question was asked. To the contrary, I am profoundly saddened – hurting for an obviously gifted young man, sad fo... Read More »

Kindness vs. Thermoplastic

My truck this morning is carrying a large box filled with countless pieces of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as Legos. Yes, every Lego my four children own—and I do mean every little brick, special piece, and Lego people part—is in a large... Read More »

The Opportunity In Adversity

“Who needs a new roof?” was my simple question. My heart sank as I stood before the church I love and watched as virtually every hand in the room was raised. Hands continued to go up as I probed deeper—“How many have demolished cars?” and “How many... Read More »

Why Do Christians Suffer for Their Faith?

Early Christians suffered for their faith in Christ. Some were incarcerated. Some were beaten and whipped. Some were stoned. Others were crucified or beheaded. Still others later were fed to the lions. Suffering, however, is not limited to New Testament times.... Read More »