One of the ways Christians often handcuff themselves for the mission Jesus has given us is by misunderstanding the nature of sin. Here we need a heavy dose of Augustine who explained that evil is the absence of good, the privation of good. Which means that evil is always parasitic. There is no such thing…
Category Archives: Evangelism
Believe and Preach and Believe Some More
We are gathered here this morning because we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not just a religious idea, a religious box to check. This is the announcement that because Jesus died for sin and was raised from the dead on the third day, He is the King of Kings, the Lord of…
Halloween: Trick or Treat?
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The Gospel Blimp
I have to admit that I was amused if not initially a bit unsure of the relevancy of the tale of The Gospel Blimp. It’s the first in a collection of parables by the late Joe Bayly, newly edited and re-released this month by Clearnote Press. The Gospel Blimp is the story of a couple…
To Light Up the World
“You are the light of the world… let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 5:14, 16) Jesus says that people are for good works. Good works are words, actions, even thoughts that extend the first good work of creation….
With No One Inside
Why would a man want to become a preacher? Why would anyone want that job? Is there some kind of sick delight in hearing other people’s problems? Are you grasping for power, influence? Do you just like to hear yourself talk? No… We preach for the boys who lost their dads. We preach for dads…
There are many uncertainties in life. Will I get married? Will I have children? Will I die young? Will it hurt? Will the economy collapse? Will I get the job I hope for? Will I succeed? How will I be remembered? But part of the grace of Jesus is how He cuts through our questions….
Fighting the Fear Monster
Sinful worry and anxiety are fires that are fed primarily by paying attention to them. When you give them attention, when you voice them, express them, write them for others to see, talk about them to others (even in the name of “concern”), the more you incarnate them, you enable them to live. What may…
The Cruciform Heart of the Arts
Part of the challenge of addressing the topic of Christians and the Arts is that Art and Beauty are some of the biggest idols in our day. Consider the fashion industry, movies, video games, theater, and popular music. Even sports have enormous aesthetic angles with their paraphernalia and nicknacks. You can tell the gods a culture…