Navigating the Political Quagmire as a Christian

Navigating the Political Quagmire as a Christian

Recently, I had someone leave my small church plant—not because of heresy nor unrepentant sin—but because of politics. The person didn’t like the political opinions of some of the people in our church, so he put his political identity above his identity as our brother in Christ and disfellowshipped with us. In the U.S., we … Continue reading

Dealing with “Apatheism” & Understanding the Joy of New Creation (Book Reviews)

Dealing with “Apatheism” & Understanding the Joy of New Creation (Book Reviews)

Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care by Kyle Beshears (B & H Academic) Kyle Beshears’ book tackles an extremely problematic question that is often overlooked in discussions on evangelism: How do you share your faith with those who simply don’t care about God? Even if you share your faith, how do you get … Continue reading

Is Jesus “a god”? Revisiting John 1:1 & the Jehovah’s Witness Translation

Is Jesus “a god”? Revisiting John 1:1 & the Jehovah’s Witness Translation

KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO’S THERE? J.W., WHO? John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (ESV) But not so fast! These astonishing statements at the beginning of John’s gospel are traditionally understood to tell us two key, unique aspects of orthodox Christian belief: Jesus … Continue reading

Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right? (w/ Book Review)

Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right? (w/ Book Review)

The biblical concept of “blessing”—as in being blessed and blessing others—is not a topic any church I’ve attended focused on, so when I had the opportunity to read and review Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God by William R. Osborne, I took it. This is the second book I’ve … Continue reading

The Serpent, Dragon & Leviathan in Symbol & Scripture (w/ Book Review)

The Serpent, Dragon & Leviathan in Symbol & Scripture (w/ Book Review)

LITERAL OR FIGURATIVE? As Christians, we often have to defend our belief that the Bible should be taken literally. The writers of the Bible present much of the information as historical truth, and Christians need to accept certain claims of the Bible as fact to be true Christ-followers. For example, the apostle Paul wrote that … Continue reading

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: False Dichotomy, the Bane of Modern Debate

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: False Dichotomy, the Bane of Modern Debate

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media, PART 1: 14 Quick Tips for Better Online Interactions Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media, PART 2: 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid Logical Fallacy: False Dichotomy Picking up right where we left off… A false dichotomy is another logical fallacy that I see regularly used in online debates. … Continue reading