Are Tim Tebow and Justin Bieber good for Christianity? Both are vocal about their faith and the power of God in their life. They have books about their faith and donate millions of dollars to charities to help those in need. They both have thousands of adoring fans because of their faith as much as it is for their talents. And both are very successful in their respective careers. But why are Christian’s so proud of Tim Tebow and Justin Beiber being Christians? Continue reading
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Who’s the most important person in a church? Is it the pastor who preaches every weekend and visits during the week? Is it the Head Elder who runs the church board? Is it the “Major Donor” who writes that check to get the roof replaced?
What about the ladies who run the kitchen for potluck lunches? Or the teenagers who shovel the snow and mow the lawn? What about the classroom teachers?
What about all the volunteers who love the church with all their heart and spend their spare time helping keep it running? Continue reading
I was recently on a road trip to visit my relatives and decided to try my luck at the radio dial. While browsing through the stations I stumbled upon a Christian station with a pastor who was talking about how to respond if the world hates you. It caught my attention, so I decided to listen for a few minutes even though I despise talk radio. He said that if the world hates you and rejects you that it’s a good thing because Jesus says “if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (Jn. 15:18). The pastor then went on to talk about judging a christian by his enemies. He believed that the more enemies you have the better Christian you are because you are living a life rebuking people of their sin.
I don’t like horror movies. I’ve seen maybe 5 my entire life, the scariest of which was “Event Horizon”. After watching it my brother and I turned on every light in the house before going to bed. Growing up a preacher’s kid my dad told us stories of people he had witnessed opening the door to the Devil through Ouija boards and other devises, only to wind up with their physical lives at risk. While they scared us enough never to touch the things, we were always intrigued enough to ask him to tell the story again.
What is it about being afraid that excites and intrigues us? Is it the adrenaline rush we get when an ax wielding psychopath jumps out of a corn maze at us? Maybe it’s the sudden flash of our life before our eyes as we dodge the scythe of the grim reaper on a haunted hayride. Or maybe it’s the intrigue with death, the afterlife, and the Devil that draws us to it. Continue reading
There’s a new movie out entitled “The Ledge” which has received quit a bit of publicity over it’s appearance of being anti-Christian. The lead character is an atheist who finds himself at odds with an evangelical neighbor. Now, I haven’t seen the movie so I’m not going to jump into whether it’s good or bad. But watching the preview and reading responses online to it’s supposed anti-Christian message, it made me think about how defensive Christianity has become. Continue reading
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about God’s plan and knowing God’s will for your life. We were going back and forth about career decisions and trying to help each other make sense of the frustrations we are experiencing in our lives. She made several recommendations to me along the lines of “maybe God’s trying to tell you something”, to which I responded “I’m sorry this isn’t going to sound Christian, but I’m tired of hearing that. I’ve gone in every direction I think God’s leading me and every time the ‘door God opens’ gets closed. I feel like God’s telling me to go and stay all at the same time and I’m tired of it.” Continue reading
It may sound extreme to refer to the current arguments between religion and secularism as a crusade, but if the same amount of vitriol and angst existing between two groups 900 years ago it definitely would have resulted in bloodshed. The Pope wouldn’t hesitate to call Christian’s to arms and lay seige to all secular institutions in the name of God almighty. After all, family values and moral society are at stake. With a few extreme exceptions, we can count on most confrontations between religion and secularism to remain between protest lines and court rooms.