We Are Not Here as Tourists

It’s sometimes easy to think that the Church is a club that meets on Sundays and perhaps once or twice more during the week. We’re all friends so we hang out together and share meals from time to time. It’s sometimes easy to forget that the Church is the invasion of this world by heaven….

Free Book on Missions

Friends have recently recommended this book on foreign missions. You can currently request a free copy here.

The Church and War

“If the church as a matter of habit tolerates the use of force and planning for warfare on the part of the state, then she will not even know when the exceptional time has come when it would be justified for her to say a Christian ‘yes.’” John Howard Yoder, summarizing Karl Barth’s views, Karl…

1 Million Martyrs in the Last 10 Years

Over at First Things, George Weigel reports on the latest findings of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Some of the statistics are provocative, particularly those related to the number of martyrs: “The provocation in the 2011 report involves martyrdom. For purposes of research, the report defines “martyrs” as “believers in Christ who have lost…

Anathema in Romans

A couple months ago I was musing on the word “anathema” in the Septuagint here and here. In the second post in particular, I was considering the possible connections between the story of Achan/Jericho and Paul’s situation dealing with the Judiazers in Galatians. As I’ve been working on Romans 8-9 a bit recently, it occurs…

The Jesus Fund

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matt. 6:24)This next week we will celebrate Christmas, and while Mammon would always compete for your affection…

Defying Mammon

Here are some overlapping and complementary thoughts to my previous post on Francis Chan and Crazy Love, just in time for Christmas: This is the opening to a recent article in Credenda: “Idols are not kind. Idols are cruel and satanic. The root meaning of the word “satan” is accuser. Satan, the Devil, was the…

Chan and Crazy Love

Just finished Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love, and I really thought it was overwhelmingly another great call to faithful discipleship. However, like Radical by David Platt, I thought it also raised a number of questions. I agree with these men that it is far too easy for the “American Dream” to become equated with discipleship….

Could You be Satisfied?

John Piper writes in God is the Gospel: The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed,…

Christians, War, and Violence

In 1970, John Howard Yoder described the need for an open and vigorous discussion between the views he calls “chastened pacifism” and “chastened non-pacifism.” He describes “chastened pacifism” as a pacifism “which differs from the ‘classical humanistic’ pacifism… in its awareness of the problems of sin and the state.” “Chastened non-pacifism” on the other hand…