The Heavy Coat of Self-Justification

fear3815It’s been about 4 months since I’ve said anything on this site. The last few articles I’d written and the subsequent reactions to those articles had driven away my desire to write. I just didn’t feel like it. It’s not that I felt that the comments were overwhelmingly unloving. I realize that a lot of people felt very disillusioned by what happened. I did too. My apathy toward writing mostly had to do with how the motivation behind what I had written was perceived by only a few people. And they weren’t exactly wrong. Continue reading The Heavy Coat of Self-Justification

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Kinesthetically Catechising Kids

My wife and I have 3 children. We have a 6 year old son, a 3 year old daughter, and a 4 month old son. I remember that one of my earliest feelings, upon finding out that we would have our first child, was one of fear. Was he going to survive child birth? Was he going to be a healthy baby? How was he going to learn words? Do I have to teach him every individual word? Will he believe the gospel? All of these things haunted me. Thankfully, he, like all of our children, survived child birth and was healthy. I also soon learned that words were something he’d largely pick up on his own. And he, like his sister, believes the good news that Jesus Christ has given His life as a substitute for sinners so that their record of a lifetime of sin doesn’t damn them when they stand before God. Instead, God will credit Christ’s perfect life to their account. And if you are a parent, or plan to be a parent, then I want to offer some encouragement and help by disclosing some things I do with my children. Continue reading Kinesthetically Catechising Kids

Listen to the Pained Donkey Voice of God

Have you ever heard someone tell you to listen for “God’s still small voice”? Maybe you’ve heard this from your pastor or favorite daily devotional or blogger. It is usually put in the context of needing to take “time out for God” in our otherwise loud and busy days. Rick Warren’s sermon, God Wants to Talk to You, Part 3, is a perfect example of this common evangelical teaching. In it, he begins by saying that we can’t have a relationship with God if we can’t hear God. We need to silence the televisions, phones, and radios and listen for Him in silence. Now, the first thought that might enter our brains is that if Rick Warren is teaching this and the view is popular, then perhaps there’s truth there. But there are two major problems with this view. Let’s start with the second of these two problems by comparing this teaching to the Scripture. 
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I Don’t Have Faith in the Son of God

Do you remember the miniseries, The Bible, that was broadcast in March of 2013? Spanning from the book of Genesis to Revelation, producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett sought to expose audiences to the true meaning of the Bible (the book). And though it received praise from people everywhere, it really failed to convey the true meaning of the Scriptures. Now I know I am more than likely coming off as just another irritating Internet voice claiming to know the truth. After all, the Bible miniseries was made with the help of, as Roma and Mark put it, “a wide range of pastors and academics” – Rick Warren, Joel Osteen,  & Craig Groeschel to name a few. Continue reading I Don’t Have Faith in the Son of God

You’re Not Nehemiah

The other day I was having a conversation with someone I know that goes to a church where the teaching is bottom-of-the-barrel-Southern-Baptist-purpose-driven-seeker-sensitivity. I normally catch up with this person every Monday and Thursday to find out what the teaching was like the day before in order to do some damage control. Last week, they told me that the pastor spoke about Nehemiah. Before they continued, I said something along the lines of, “Let me guess. The sermon was about how God has called us to do something great the way He called Nehemiah to rebuild the temple. And because this is a calling from God, we will undoubtedly run into times of difficulty the way that Nehemiah did. But if we persevere, we can get the results the way Nehemiah did.” When I saw the pastor’s notes, it was like I had been sitting in the church that Sunday. It was exactly as I had guessed. I’m not great or clairvoyant. This is just the standard junk you get at most churches in America. A text is ripped out of the Bible, and your name is slapped on to the pages.  Continue reading You’re Not Nehemiah