Preaching the Gospel with the Cool Kids

We live in a world where, if you are going to get your message across, you have to get hard and passionate and fiery. If you are trying to browbeat sinners and idiots and fools into right living, that would be the way to go. You’d be more like a football coach than an art […]

Choosing Kindness or Malice – Ephesians 4:32

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32, NASB). This sounds like a wonderful verse, when stripped of context like this! Who doesn’t like kindness, tender-heartedness, quick and beautiful forgiveness? In real life this can be a bit more of a challenge! […]

Innocuous Seeker Sensitive Legalism

Most churches would hesitate to label themselves as legalistic or law-centered. I want to take a look at a typical ‘seeker-friendly’ helpful life-focused practical sermon meant to help normal average people lead better lives. Let’s suppose our friendly and kind of cool pastor has chosen to do a series on marriage. This is a popular […]

Work out your salvation with fear?

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13, NASB. […]

The Church as a Gift Culture

photo © 1890 The Library of Congress | more info (via: Wylio)   I know I’m supposed to be doing a study through the book of Job, but I keep having these other ideas so I’m going to go with them. I wrote last time about the church as a gift culture. I’m going to […]

Predestination Pillow Talk

photo © 2006 James Diggans | more info (via: Wylio)   “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are […]

Faith as the hinge of all history

  In studying through the book of Luke, I discovered something that to me is quite a little gem. In Matt 16/Luke 9 we have the story of Jesus’ dialog with Peter and the disciples about His identity: “”But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are […]

The Two Selves

photo © 2009 Lisa Omarali | more info (via: Wylio)   Despite all of this talk about grace, we all know that there remains a struggle with errant desire. There is no use beating around the bush, we still love sin. No clever reasoning or poetic and beautiful writing can cover or change this fact. […]

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo. I saw this on Peter Rollins site, and I was so impacted by it, I had to share it here. It is a perfect parable concerning Christ and the Church and the nature of faith in a largely ugly world. Here are my thoughts after viewing this. I […]

Letter to the North American Church

There is an event called “Eighth Letter” where writers are encouraged to write a letter to the church in North America. eighthletter.com/ A site listing many other contributions can be found here: rachelheldevans.com/8th-letter-synch I think it is a cool idea and I think anyone who is following my blog knows what I would say. However, […]