“A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” I have heard this quote with more frequency in the last few years. I like it, but is it really true. Here are a few vignettes and then my thoughts. 1980’s-Televangelist Jim Bakker accused of misappropriating money given to his … More Walking The Talk Or Just Babbling
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being a guest at a Christian festival close to where I live. After having attended several seminars, and a few concerts, I drove away at the conclusion Wednesday evening, confused. The concerts were exceptional, and there was a lot of energy, from both the performers and the audience. The lyrics in the songs … More Schizophrenic Christianity?
I am in the process of reading a book by Steve Brown called “Three Free Sins”. It challenges many of the false concepts in Christianity that have become entrenched in Evangelical culture. I will write a complete review when I am done with it. Suffice to say, it will make you think about what you believe … More Really Free?
Throughout this blog I have mentioned time and again how I have observed a huge departure in Evangelicalism from the Gospel of Grace. I do not say this as an outsider, I say this as one involved in some form of ministry in “church” for a long time. And I have felt the sting and pain of rejection from … More How To Create A Christian Church
Reverend Dennis Terry said this in his introduction of Republican hopeful Rick Santorum… “I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation…There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those … More The Reduction and Destruction Of The Gospel
This is the last part of a brief look at the words of Jesus and what He meant by them. I saved this one for last because this is the one that most Christians explain away when it comes to making pronouncements about others sins. “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. … More Jesus Didn’t Mean What He Said? Pt 3
When I started to look more deeply into the following verse, I was, even more surprised by what Jesus meant in this passage. Here it is… “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be … More Jesus Didn’t Mean What He Said? Pt.2
“If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.” Luke 6:29 NLT Many of my fellow Evangelicals have selective obedience. The verses in Scripture that are bantered about and hurled at unbelievers and believers alike have to do mostly with sex, submission of … More Jesus Didn’t Mean What He Said? Pt.1
To look at the Evangelical church, (of which I have been a part of close to 30 years), you would think that Jesus had a lot to say about modern day social and political issues. So lets put some words in Jesus’ mouth according to the “gospel” of American evangelicalism. “My Father in Heaven wants you … More What Jesus Never Said…
This post is going to be a bit more personal in nature, so if you are not into reading the public writing of introspection… It was just about a month ago I sat at the desk in my office and heard the words that caused me to go numb with dread, “we are letting you go.” … More Questions…