Why Simple Wins
We must move away from a mindset of more and complexity to less and simplicity
“The greatest barriers to simplicity, says Bodell, are: meetings, accountability structures, performance metrics and evaluation, red tape, federal regulations and compliance, legal caution, reports, and technology.” On my recent vacation, I read Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters by Lisa Bodell. Although it’s a book written primarily... Continue Reading
Inherited Faith Is Dying. Chosen Faith Is Not.
How can believers and church leaders meet this challenge and seize this opportunity?
This message is both exciting and challenging for Christians in cities today. In Western countries, many of the older churches relying on inherited faith are dying. Gone is that great “canopy” of nominal Christians who weren’t personally devout but who thought religion was good and important and who weren’t difficult to draw into Christian churches.... Continue Reading
We should not think that everything happening today with American liberalism is a logical conclusion of progressivism
“Progressives have given us this very large state that cultural radicals, multiculturalists, people involved in identity politics grab on to. They used the Supreme Court rather than the legislatures to overturn gay marriage bans. They use the apparatus invented by early 20th-century progressives for the benefit of movements and ideas for which those progressives would... Continue Reading
Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner
As the church, we shouldn’t be trying to build the Queen Mary luxury liner for Christians
“Yes, we want to have warm, inviting, well-kept environments, done excellently for the glory of God. But we do it with the understanding that our resources weren’t given to us to create a cruise liner for Christians; they were given to build a rescue station for the broken.” In Long Beach, California, you can... Continue Reading
It All Comes Down to Sex
Do the Never Trumpers actually think the man who gropes women will sign that kind of legislation?
With STD’s as common as children born outside marriage, one might think adolescents refraining from sex would be a positive contribution to the common good. No strain on social services or health insurers for those who “just say no” to a roll in the hay. A story on president-elect Trump’s “extreme” policies included this... Continue Reading
When I Don’t Feel Successful
The Gospel says more about us than our failures do
“The verdict God speaks over us trumps every other verdict spoken over us by our voices or the voices of others. God uses our failures to wean us off self-righteousness and point us to Jesus, in whom we find a righteousness that is sufficient for our confidence, value, and unshakable joy. In Christ, the power... Continue Reading
Raw Tears and Holy Fury: Confronting the Reality of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is truly shocking in both its nature and its scale
“There is much that shocked me about this story, but perhaps the most shocking part is where she was rescued from. The house where she was being held captive was Blackwood, a rural backwater just miles from my home. In the space of a week Eva had been trafficked from Lithuania to the South Wales... Continue Reading
An Appeal to the Church to Resist ‘Death With Dignity’
40% of our Christian brothers and sisters think this is an acceptable option
“Though I am heart broken by his condition, though I know his once sharp attorney mind would be horrified to see himself now, though I realize that his once strong rancher body would feel forsaken by his wheelchair, assisting him in ending his life is not an option for me for three reasons.” After... Continue Reading
When You Have a Case of the Monday’s on Sunday
Monday’s are tough. But what do you do when your Monday morning blues start on Sunday morning?
This last Sunday wasn’t the first time I’ve had a case of the Monday’s on a Sunday. I’ve been to this rodeo before and I’ve learned a few things at least about myself that helps me, maybe it will help you. These aren’t tips to feel better or to pull yourself out of the doldrums and get excited about your Sunday morning. That might happen, but more than anything these are tips to help you feel around in the dark a little bit until the light comes back on.
Pray for Your Church Leaders
If Paul and the other disciples needed prayer, how much more so do those who lead, shepherd, and oversee us in the church!
Those who serve us in ministry bear a heavy responsibility for the care of our souls. Their work of ministry is hard and stressful and wears on both church leaders and their families. God has called us to pray for them. May we pray for them always, entrusting them to the care of our great and sovereign God.
Of Good Works
There are two dangers that believers must guard ourselves against as we pursue good works.
So, one danger is to trust in our strength rather than the power of the Holy Spirit to do good works. The second danger is the opposite: becoming complacent in our pursuit of good works by waiting for a special impetus or ‘stirring up’ by the Holy Spirit. But, the Lord has already told us in His Word what He requires of us (Micah 6:8). Indeed, we are to diligently add to our faith such things as moral excellence, knowledge of God’s Word, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Compassion Has ‘Very Little Hope’ for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships
About 145,000 children have already lost its assistance with food, education, and health care.
One week after sharing the good news of four nations no longer needing child sponsors due to the passion of millennials, the ministry shared the bad news of another nation that will probably not need child sponsors due to government interference. A little more than a year after the Indian government told Compassion that it could no longer receive funding from outside the subcontinent, the humanitarian organization will likely be closing its last operations there.
One of the Marks: Christian Discipline
A church disciplines unrepentant sinners out of love for the sinner and for Christ
Now, not every church disciplines unrepentant sinners. Some churches are ignorant of Christ’s command, others are afraid to discipline because it might mean people leave. Still others think God will sort it all out so the church shouldn’t worry about it. However, no matter how difficult it is, no matter if it means people leave, the call of Christ is clear: unrepentant sinners must be reubked and disciplined (Mt. 18:17).
One of the main premises Andreades uses to teach this hierarchy of specialties is by examining the hierarchy in the Trinity.
Andreades compares male headship to the authority of the Father. As he teaches equality and asymmetry, he points to the authority and submission within the Trinity, never making any distinction ontologically. He speaks of “Christ lean[ing] into the asymmetry between God the First and Himself” while quoting the references of him doing the Father’s will (184). Andreades even goes so far as to say that “Christ, in relationship to God the First, models the wife for us. He submitted to the will of the First, surrendering to a lower and vulnerable place when he had every right not to. There is no way around His feminine act” (187).
Why Paula White is a Heretic
One example is her affirmation of the statement that “Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God … He is the first fruit.”
She is either denying the deity of Jesus or elevating believers to deity. She goes on later to say in a CNN interview that she affirms the Nicene Creed. But saying you do doesn’t actually mean that you do. I wonder if she even understands the Arian heresy the Council of Nicaea was called to address?
A Reminder Of Why We Should Not Long For A State Church
History suggests to me that Christianity was much better off without a state-sponsor.
The United States of America, for all her greatness, is not the “my people” of 2 Chronicles 7:14. That people was God’s temporary, national people Israel. That national covenant expired at the cross. Since that time God has had no national people, though many have thought and apparently still think that they must be God’s special, national people. God made that promise to national Israel not the USA or to any other civil people. The USA has no more standing before God, as a national people, than pagan Rome or the “Holy Roman Empire,” neither of which exist any longer.
The Myth of Influence
The cause of biblical Christianity has been undermined in our time by sincere people who engage in unbiblical activities for the sake of “being an influence.”
The only way to dispel the myth of influence is to commit ourselves anew to the importance of biblical theology as the foundation for Christian action. We must allow the Bible in its fullness to direct our thinking and our doing. We must remember that Paul did not preach an abbreviated gospel, but declared the... Continue Reading
How Much Blood Will Save My Soul?
It is only the blood of Jesus Christ offered once and for all that can cleanse us from all sin.
The High Priest came out from his once-a-year visit to the Most Holy Place and said, “That’s it, you don’t need to come back next year or ever again!” No, he came out and all that could be said was “See you again next year.” The sacrifices were a powerful reminder of sin, but, in... Continue Reading
Hidden Figures Revealed: Movie Review
As a black woman, I was deeply moved by Hidden Figures.
Would I watch Hidden Figures again? Absolutely. I plan to watch it again with my husband. I hope to dig even deeper as a believer. I hope to biblically tackle my own thoughts (and my husband’s) in detail. I hope to tackle our own thoughts on working moms in the church, particularly in areas outside of the... Continue Reading
The Danger of Entertaining Lies
Satan hates that we are one with Christ and, though he cannot make it untrue, he will try to divorce us from our identities in Jesus.
Christ did not enter into conversation with Satan when he was tempted in the desert. Instead, he responded, “It is written…” Yet, God’s Word isn’t always my first response. I have often asked to hear more of what Satan has to say. I have mulled his words over in my mind and considered them in... Continue Reading
An Inaugural Diary from Calvin
Note: all quotes are from sources as noted. The only fictitious elements in these diary posts are to treat these as letters from John Calvin.
In keeping with the Huguenot thought of Theodore Beza and others, Federalist #69 denounced a hereditary monarchy as “an absolute negative” on representative government. Lest political Calvinism be misconstrued as excessively negative, perhaps as a counterweight to the Enlightenment idea that man is innately good, Alexander Hamilton reminded his readers of a balance to be maintained: “The supposition of... Continue Reading
Of Lice and Men
How would our lives change if we accepted all of our circumstances with thanksgiving as part of the good plan of a loving Father rather than a random series of unfortunate events?
Knowing that God is at work in all things allows us the ability to rejoice in all things. Whatever comes, may we be a people known for thanksgiving. May we join the chorus of the faithful, choosing to live out the gospel with hope: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for... Continue Reading
12 Lies American Evangelicals Believe
While most Americans identify as Christians, they seem confused about the details of their faith.
According to the study, 51 percent of Americans said the Bible was written for each person to interpret as he or she chooses. This nonsense does not fit with what the Bible actually says…. Interestingly, while many Americans believed the Bible is meant to be interpreted personally, 64 percent said the accounts of Jesus’ bodily... Continue Reading
University Settles With Christian Counseling Student
Missouri school expelled Andrew Cash for his religious beliefs about sexuality.
When asked, Cash told her that he, too, would have to refer gay couples to another counselor due to his religious convictions about homosexuality. He said he would be happy to counsel gay individuals on any other matter—depression or anxiety, for example—but he could not counsel regarding same-sex relationships. Perryman said that conviction was a... Continue Reading
No, I’m Not “Fine Thanks”
It’s time to stop the pretence and start being honest
“I’m fine in the same way as a ship is fine. I am like a wooden hulled ship, where one barnacle of regret or a couple of weeds of being let down do nothing to slow my course. Over the years, though, the barnacles cluster and the weeds grow thick and long.” If you... Continue Reading
Be a Parent Worthy of Honor
How can we make it easy for our children to honor us now and in the future?
We will begin with an appropriate proverb. Proverbs 17:6 tells us, “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” It is the second half of this proverb that is of particular interest to me. What does it mean that “the glory of children is their fathers?” For... Continue Reading
‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian
For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another high
In Central Asia, persecution spread due to both Islamic extremism and government attempts to restrict it. “In many countries, governmental raids of suspected Christian households increased, certain Christian books have been banned,” stated Open Doors. For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But... Continue Reading
Real History, Toilets and All
It’s been a great few years for biblical archaeology. Here are three examples.
“Since time does not permit me to list ten finds, I will settle for three that we talked about on BreakPoint in 2016. At a minimum, these finds shed new light on the world of the Bible and help us in understanding the words of Scripture. In other cases, they actually confirm portions of the... Continue Reading
Reactions To Gospel Preacher Kim Burrell on LGBT Issues Reveal Split Among Black Churches
More than 1 million people watched Kim Burrell rail against “that perverted homosexual spirit”
As Burrell restated on Facebook this week, she directed her Sunday sermon at LGBT people within her church, a Pentecostal congregation she founded in Houston in 2010. A two-minute clip of the message, filmed on a phone and posted on YouTube, shows Burrell describing sex acts and saying, “The spirit of delusion and confusion, it... Continue Reading
The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education
Today, more than 251 schools are members of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS)
“Another challenge has been the stereotype that classical education is for wealthy children with high IQs. To be fair, this assumption has a whiff of truth to it. Classically educated children score higher on standardized tests, and private education by nature costs more than public. ACCS schools average an annual price tag of $7,000.” ... Continue Reading