The point of this article isn’t whether or not the COVID vaccine is safe or effective. I have my own thoughts on that, as well as taking the recommendations of government officials who’ve lied repeatedly, but that’s for another time. What is more concerning is the willingness of professing Christians to dismiss and denigrate the … Continue reading Conscience and Vaccine Mandates
The state of human relationships in our modern world is simply abysmal. Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, even with social media to (allegedly) keep us connected with each other. This was a problem even before the government decided to force people to stay in their homes ‘for their own good’, although lockdowns, social distancing, and … Continue reading On People As Consumer Goods
We all know that we’re supposed to forgive people who’ve wronged us, but sometimes we just don’t want to. Sometimes, people do things that really hurt, and it seems more appropriate to us to hold a grudge. It seems to be a popular pastime these days, with people going as far as to hold grudges … Continue reading What Unforgiveness Really Means
This has been bugging me for a while, but I’ve had trouble putting it into words until lately. Everyone knows that male chauvinism is a bad thing; putting women down just because they’re women isn’t good. Duh. But in our zeal to not be chauvinistic against women, our culture has swung to the other extreme; … Continue reading Female Chauvinism Is Real, and It’s a Problem
Whenever a celebrity claims to be a Christian, we make a huge deal about it. While there’s nothing wrong with being glad a famous person has come to Christ (duh), there’s a risk to it too. Our desire that a famous person would really be one of us can blind us to warning signs that … Continue reading How to Evaluate Christian Celebrities
The gift of tongues is, quite possibly, the most misunderstood of the apostolic gifts in scripture. The general impression in the church today is that the gift of tongues is the ability to speak unintelligible ecstatic utterances that are incomprehensible to those listening. Typically, proponents will characterize this as a ‘private prayer language’, ‘angelic language’ … Continue reading Tongues: What Is It and Is It Available Today?
The topic of spiritual gifts is a hot topic in the church today, one fraught with emotion and sacred cows. Prophecy is, I believe, the most important of these gifts to get right because, if we get it wrong, it carries great danger to the church. I realize this is a controversial issue, but if … Continue reading Is Prophecy a Gift for Today?
If you, like me, have the great misfortune of being interested in the news, you have noticed a major problem with our political dialogue. It is way too intense. This is not a good situation, but it is not an irreparable problem either. What concerns me most is that I see it starting to make … Continue reading How do we keep toxic politics out of the church?
Intersectionality has become all the rage in a sizeable (and loud) portion of the American church in the last few years, and its effects are being felt in the ‘woke church’ movement. Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention issues a (in my opinion tepid) resolution addressing it that, while saying it’s beneath scripture it is a … Continue reading Toxic Wokeness: A Biblical Critique of Intersectionality
We live in interesting times. The kind of times where a church has a medium (the kind who talk to dead people) on staff. At first blush, this seems like sensational weirdness that doesn’t have any bearing on our lives, but when we look deeper there are indeed lessons we can draw from this - … Continue reading Social Justice And The Church That Talks to Dead People