Youcef Nadarkhani Sentenced to Death by Iranian Govt.

An incredible story about how  Iran Sentences Pastor to Execution for Converting to Christianity.  It is a powerful reminder that when you choose to take a stand for Christ there will be opposition.  His testimony and letter to His Church encouraged my faith and even when given the opportunity to be released from prison and saved Read more about Youcef Nadarkhani Sentenced to Death by Iranian Govt.[…]

2 Lessons on Why You shouldn’t be the hero of your illustrations

How many stories should a pastor tell about himself?  As many as he wants? How many stories should a pastor tell about himself when he is the hero? Hearing a pastor share personal success stories begin to make me feel like he has never heard of the word humility and how many pieces of humble Read more about 2 Lessons on Why You shouldn’t be the hero of your illustrations[…]

Should “Peace” Guide Our Decisions?

How many times have you said to yourself or others during a critical decision, “I just don’t have a peace about it yet.”  I have.  And I am reconsidering it. In a post by Chris Krycho titled “Do you have a peace?” he states four different scenarios eventually leading us to the question of whether Read more about Should “Peace” Guide Our Decisions?[…]

Mars Hill Church or Cult?

On January 31st, 2012 Mars Hill was brought to the headlines in an article by The Stranger.  Interesting article attacking the spiritual discipline practices that take place at Mars Hill and the enforcement of biblical manhood and womanhood. After thinking it over, Andrew refused and quit the church—but just like with Lance, the church didn’t Read more about Mars Hill Church or Cult?[…]

You’re a Tool. And the Problem of Not Getting It.

Have you ever needed a screwdriver to fasten something to the wall or open something that had been sealed with a screw…and you didn’t have it? Have you ever needed a bottle-opener to open a bottle and instead tried to use a knife, corner of a table, or you teeth? Have you ever tried to Read more about You’re a Tool. And the Problem of Not Getting It.[…]

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Wrestling with Inevitable Tensions In Scripture

Desiring God ministries says, “We don’t adjust the brain-baffling categories of Scripture to fit human reason. We take it as one of our jobs to create categories in human minds that never existed in those minds before — a job only God can do — though he makes us agents.”   The Sovereign God of “Elfland” Read more about Wrestling with Inevitable Tensions In Scripture[…]

Defining Total Depravity. How bad is it?

This issue really hits home when you want to say that someones non-Christian aunt or mother is unable to love their children, show kindness, or do any good whatsoever. That seems to be a little strong right?  Not to John Piper.  The above link gives us a glimpse into total depravity and in the discussion Read more about Defining Total Depravity. How bad is it?[…]

How Much has Really Changed between the “Covenants”?

Three issues. Justification, forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit… Justification: was it by works or faith? Forgiveness of sins: was it through law or grace? The Holy Spirit: always indwelling or only after Pentecost? I don’t claim to have it all worked out, but I look at Scripture and have a hard time reconciling these three Read more about How Much has Really Changed between the “Covenants”?[…]