On Turning 25: The Failure of Youth as All-Satisfying

We are inundated every day with messages that say the late-teen/early 20s of one’s life are to be some of the best, filled with sunshine and everything beautiful sustained by the vigor of youth (and used to whatever end our little hearts desire). These subconscious expectations caused terrible dysphoria because mine were bleak, tear-stained years … Continue reading On Turning 25: The Failure of Youth as All-Satisfying

We Leave Gospel-Sharing to Missionaries and Minimal-Risk Mission Trips

I will never forget the day I watched as a mom intervened with her daughter sharing the Gospel with one of her friends. She's the only one I've ever seen try to dialog about the Gospel in this entire circle of "church" people and you stop her?  This event bothers me to this day, years … Continue reading We Leave Gospel-Sharing to Missionaries and Minimal-Risk Mission Trips

Daily Confession and Repentance are Sacrificed to our Comfort Zones

So much of our "Christian" (and I use that word very lightly) culture focuses on the moment of conversion and baptism. Both, of course, are important. For believers, the moment we pass from death into life all of our sins--past,present, and future-- are covered by Christ's blood and we are guaranteed eternity with Him. Baptism … Continue reading Daily Confession and Repentance are Sacrificed to our Comfort Zones

We Care More about Our Self-Esteem than Esteeming the Most High

That we need self-esteem is one of the greatest lies of the age. And just about everyone is prescribing its poison like candy. But the truth is that looking at ourselves more, relying on our feelings about ourselves more will not solve anything; it will worsen the problem. Because we were not made to live this … Continue reading We Care More about Our Self-Esteem than Esteeming the Most High

We Ask Not “How can We Serve our Church?” but “How can Our Church Entertain Us?”

#3 in my series "Pervasive Problems in the American Church" Flashy events. Catchy phrases. Attractive leaders. Feel-good messages. It's interesting how, though not found in any of the praises of the churches in Revelation or in the commandments for holy living, that these are found in nearly all American churches today. "Come to our church! … Continue reading We Ask Not “How can We Serve our Church?” but “How can Our Church Entertain Us?”

We’ve Taken the Bible out of “Bible” Study

This is the second in my series of "Pervasive Problems with Cultural Christianity," focusing on the lack of biblical literacy and care for biblical accuracy. "Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize biblical knowledge. Bible teaching now often accounts for only a diminishing fraction of the local congregation’s time and … Continue reading We’ve Taken the Bible out of “Bible” Study