God is looking for those who will stand in the gap by bearing witness to His immanent grace and transcendent sovereignty in an age of meaningless autonomy.
Worship Porn: When “church” becomes a staged performance designed to manipulate the innate desire for self-gratification and emotional intensity among an assembled audience.
When tolerance becomes an absolute, intolerance is the inevitable result.
Those who think that proper church methodologies and structure will solve all their problems are just as naïve as those who think that wrong church methodologies and structure don’t contribute to their problems.
You can’t change what you won’t confront: Courage and sacrifice are the price we pay for virtue, while evil thrives on apathy and fear.
Because these are not fictional people or fictional scenarios. These are my brothers and sisters in Christ who I have the honor of knowing.
Because God is at work yet today in countless ways, through countless men and women who love Him enough to live holy lives and heed His call to go make a difference.
I’m more interested in going, and letting Christ come alive among you and your friends, than expecting you to come and find Him among me and my friends.
Such is the heart of the Great Commission.
Existential Deceptions: Claiming ambiguity to justify rebellion against the clear meaning of God’s authoritative written Word, and thus against God Himself.
When people become pawns to advance your vision, mission or agenda, it never turns out well – for you, or them.
Genuine Seeker-Friendly Church is Simple (Organic), by Steve Sims
This is a short, wonderful blog by my friend Steve Simms that captures very nicely what real church (regardless of whatever label you want to put on it) is all about.
What I like about Steve is that, unlike so many who pontificate on how to be the church, he’s actually doing it!
Grace and repentance: Emphasizing one to the exclusion of the other does violence to both.
A walking concordance no more knows God’s heart, than an existentialist knows His mind.
Ideas have consequences, as do doctrines …
Including the doctrine that doctrines don’t matter.
Claims of “radical faith” and “deeper life” hold no appeal. Often, they become distractions from God’s desire that we become whole, complete people of simple faith and simple obedience.
The older I get, the more I want simple.
If your distorted views of grace, love and tolerance result in intolerant name calling, then who’s the real hypocrite?
Are your God-given gifts about advancing your ministry, or about advancing God’s wonderfully diverse gifts in others?