This week's column builds off of last week's question: "What is a Christian?" If you have not read that column, I would strongly encourage you to go here and do so as these are cumulative topics, building on one another. In light of last week's article, I have added the word true to the question: "Can a TRUE Christian lose their salvation?" When people ask me this questio...Keep Reading
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Whether it is season of life or just life in general, I seem to consistently feel as though my bandwidth is tapped. Even as we have grown as a church and hired more staff, life is always more than enough to keep us busy. This is, in large part, why I wrote my articles over the summer about busyness and rest. I was, predominantly, writing to myself - trying to keep my own brain focused and in tune with truth. ...
At the beginning of September was my dad’s 75th birthday and at the end of August was my 37th. It just so happened, that right as these birthdays were happening, and summer was winding down, I read Psalm 90. I don’t have the space to copy it all here, but I would encourage you to go and read it on the internet so you can get a sense of it. In Psalm 90, the Psalmist, in this case Moses, draws a stark contrast between God and man, specifically in the nature of time. ...
“But Pastor, we are married in the eyes of God.” Over the years, I have heard this argument used to justify not getting legally married so that someone could keep their health benefits or even finagle the system to still receive assistance from an ex. I have heard young, dating, couples use it to explain why it is okay that they are sleeping together even though they both still live with their separate parents. ...
One reader asked, "Can a Christian lose their salvation?" If you have been exposed to the teachings of Christianity for any length of time, you might have learned that this question is divisive with different denominations landing on varying responses. As such, I know that not every pastor or Christian will agree with my response. That's okay - it's my column. :) In orde...Keep Reading
One reader asked, "What does the Bible teach about what we will be like in the afterlife?" We read this story in the gospel of Matthew as well as the gospel of Mark: The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying,'"Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and ...Keep Reading
Monday, February 6th starts the Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable in Budapest. Over 160 grassroots workers, mission leaders, pastors, trauma care specialists, and digital media workers from all over Europe are gathering there. The gathering will include people from over 28 countries and 60 organizationsthe goal is to encourage, equip, and connect those who are working...Keep Reading
One reader wrote, "I just lost my wife of 62 years and 134 days, and I'm devastated. I prayed and prayed for my wife, and the more I prayed the worse she got until she succumbed. My question is, Why doesn't God acknowledge our prayers? Not answer them - just acknowledge them." First, please let me begin by simply expressing my condolences. 62 plus years is a lifetime, and...Keep Reading