Our culture can’t resist a tragic ending. It feasts on what could have been, those moments in which life stories could have been altered through an impossible amount of micro-managing. The what if? question tears open the stitches of time and has us poke the wounds of the past, torturing ourselves with the cheap hope that lingering in … More For Those Who Suffer, a Promise in Christ.
A divisive spirit has wrenched the body of Christ in an armbar since presidential campaign coverage has begun months ago—and Satan must be delighted. The church has managed to savage itself in one election cycle, all because of the effect of what I call the “Gospel of Attachment to Trump.” It seems that a concerning number of … More If Character Matters this Election Season, then Demonstrate Some to Your Fellow Brethren.
“I’m voting for Donald Trump.” In this election season, there is no better conversation-killer among evangelical circles than uttering such a confession. A continental divide exists between evangelical Christians who are #NeverTrump and those who will be voting for Mr. Trump come November 8th. The charge against those who support Trump is that they have sacrificed … More Cruel Contours of this Election: The Evangelical Political Divorce
Many have offered that God has handed us denominations so that our departures over tradition and tastes may be filled without having to visit Rome with every quarrel over authority, worship, or theology. Even still, most demonstrate Christian charity to those whom they differ upon doctrinally, because we can comprehend that the legs are useless … More Pardon the Charismatic in Me
The American church has assiduously endeavored to corner God’s grace from its pulpits. Pastors preach on it and preach on it and preach on it…then preach on it some more, sauté it, marinate it, and then preach on it once more. When it comes to the Gospel, grace is no more than a half-step behind, … More The Hidden Grace in a Rebuke
A popular military aphorism characterizes the price paid for combat service, “All gave some and some gave all.” For the Gospel, the persecuted church gives its all in the shadows of government persecution. A concerning number of nations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia blacklist Christianity through making church services, evangelism, and Bible-reading illegal. … More Prayer Points for the Persecuted Church
Certainly, the separation of church and state has fostered favorable conditions for the Great Commission to flourish. Detached from the church, the state cannot dictate its temporal policies to the church. In conjunction, the church no longer shuffles between maintaining political power—a practice that often led to the extortion of faith for increased political muscle—and … More Counteracting the Privatization of Faith
In a secular society, citizens often do not regard the development of virtue as vital to their personal lives. When one lives in an age without an absolute standard of what is just and unjust, he will treat his principles like his eggs: scrambled. In our nation’s search for goodness apart from God, we have relegated … More Dedicating Ourselves to Christian Virtue
When America was a fledgling collection of colonies contained to the east of the Appalachian mountains, frontiersman were trailblazing the forests of the Ohio River Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. If there was one bit of instruction that colonial frontiersman gained from the Native Americans, it was the lesson of simply sitting in stillness … More The Value of Prayer During Turbulent Times
Fireworks and family barbecues are likely on the agenda for most of us as we enter into this Fourth of July weekend. Before we celebrate with dear family and friends, let us take a time of solitude to thank God for the bountiful blessings He’s given each one of us. The one thing about blessings is that … More Christians, Your Corner of America Needs You.