How to Take Responsibility after a Major Mistake
4 Steps to Get Your Life Back on Track
Show remorse for the problem. It doesn’t end with ownership. If we want to turn things around, we have to add remorse to responsibility. Our failings cause difficulty to others. Our mistakes cost time, money, and sometimes heartache. We should express sorrow and regret for the hurt our behavior caused.
Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian?
If something sounds true -- meaning, it seems to fit what we already believe -- we believe it to be true without corroborating.
But there's a spiritual component at play here too. The reason we fall into confirmation bias politically is not essentially a political problem. It is a human problem, which is to say, it is a sin problem -- which is to say, it is a problem of self-interest and self-worship. The truth is, you and I are prone to conducting our entire lives along the narratives constructed from confirmation bias.
Trust in God More Than Medical Technology
God remains an active agent in the world and is able to incorporate even the things that we assume are bad into a greater plan that can be good
“We can only be grateful for the powerful technology we have. Yet because the United States has more of it than any other country, we who have access to it are challenged to restrain our tendency to use it. But it’ll always be difficult to use wisely as long as the world is as bad... Continue Reading
When the Darkness Closes In: A Christian’s Journey Through Depression
Silent cries of depression seep deeply into the hearts of adults and children, alike
“From my experience, depression is rarely discussed in the Church – not for lack of empathy, but rather a lack of knowledge on how to address the epidemic. Yes, I said epidemic. This widespread illness is more common amongst Christians than expected.” Two years ago, I lost two students to suicide within weeks of... Continue Reading
Secularism, Preaching, and the Challenges of Modernity
The only authentic Christian response to the challenge of secularization is faithful, clear, and informed expository preaching
As Berger explained, Christianity, in twentieth-century America, has transformed into a non-cognitive commitment. As a result, the binding authority of the Christian moral tradition has been lost. Many of our friends and neighbors continue to profess faith in God, but that profession is ultimately devoid of any moral authority or cognitive content. From the outside looking in, America did not appear to be secularizing at the same rate as the European continent. In reality, however, professions of faith in God had little real theological or spiritual meaning.
Do We Really Live In A “Post-Truth” World?
Truth really does matter. And we ought to get our facts right, even if Oxford dubs “post-truth” the word of the year.
Trying to ultimately deny truth is like pushing a beach ball under water. Push it down on one side, but then it pops up the other. Each time you push it down it comes back up. Its nature is to float to the surface, even when we try to submerge it. Truth is the same way. We may live in a “post-truth” world, in which people make choices based on emotion and experience rather than objective fact, but the reality is, truth simply won’t disappear. Truth will keep popping to the surface and reminding us that it’s important.
Ten Prophecies re the Church in 2017
One perspective on how the Church of Jesus Christ will fare in this coming year.
An American charismatic church will become the next big thing/renewal/programme. The ‘globalisation’ and ‘McDonaldisation’ of the church, combined with the internet, poor theology, poor ecclesiology and the desperation to get some kind of quick fix make us very susceptible to the latest fad. Will we never learn? Last weeks Ten ‘Prophecies’ for Society/Culture in 2017 have... Continue Reading
The Four Tracks of Evangelicalism
The next time you hear someone refer to “the evangelicals,” a good first question to ask might be, “Which ones?”
The next time you hear someone refer to “the evangelicals,” a good first question to ask might be, “Which ones?”Here are four main tracks: The evangelicalism mainstream; premillennial populism; progressive-minded evangelicals who had organized the Evangelicals for Social Action; and black evangelicals who labored through their own ministries and institutions. To generalize, the mainstream... Continue Reading
Don’t Make Resolutions. Make Commitments.
While I understand the desire for fresh starts and new beginnings, none of us has the power to reinvent ourselves simply because the calendar has flipped over to a new year
“Live close to God’s people, inviting those around you to intrude on your private world and to function as God’s tools of comfort, encouragement, confrontation, growth and change. Remember, sin makes it hard for us to see ourselves objectively and accurately. Personal spiritual insight and growth really is the result of community.” I’m not... Continue Reading
10 Tips for Email Detox
Here are the steps I take to hold back the email flood
Email has made it possible for just about anyone to access us at any time of the day (or night) with a request or a question that may take 15-30 minutes to answer. There have been times in my life when I could have filled most of my working day with answering such emails from people I’ve never known or met. I no longer feel obliged to do that. I used to feel guilty if I didn’t respond. No longer.