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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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
Why do adults believe in fairy tales? For some reason a person who says their “a person of faith” automatically gets respect. But a person of faith is really someone who says that they’ll believe practically anything with little to no evidence at all. I’ve heard this said several times by individuals who are non-religious. When put that way, faith does sound a ridiculous. If your neighbor said “I have faith that the lawn will get mowed this week”, you’d think he was joking or not right in the head. 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.
Have you ever stopped to ask where Christianity is going? Like its standing at a crossroads and trying to make up its mind? Like a weary traveler Christianity looks at all of the signs on the post and tries to decide which is the best route to take. Should it go “Evangelical” or “Fundamental”? What about “Contemporary” or “Emergent”? Continue reading
Every year I see youth from churches pack their bags and head off on mission trips. They range from the regional projects where a group goes to inner city Detroit to repaint graffiti and plant shrubs to exotic places in the far recesses of South America where they build churches and share the gospel. People go for a variety of reasons. Some go for adventure. Some go to check it off on their bucket list. But most go to get away from the distractions at home in an attempt to draw closer to God. Twice in my life I’ve participated in one of those mission trips. You live in a tent, eating rice and beans and taking cold showers from a hose. The weeks you spend living as a first hand witness to the poverty you’ve only seen on the evening news changes your life. You see children content to play with a half inflated ball. You see old women, stooped over carrying wood to build fires in order to cook dinner. You are exhausted at the end of every day, but feel a sense of accomplishment unlike any day in the office. You swear to yourself when you get home you won’t watch TV and you’ll eat simply and spend more time reading your Bible. But within a week or two you’re at the cinema, shopping at the mall, and eating at Olive Garden. Continue reading