On the Destructive Illusion of Perfection in the Christian Life: A Poem

My brethren We must strive in seminary to Slay The demonic persuasion of Perfection Too many “graduate” Still under the guise that ministry Is about their perfect lives, not the Perfect’s slaughter on a cross. The pulpit is a platform for stardom rather than a sacrificial field for shepherding. Satan wants disciples to ignore their … Continue reading On the Destructive Illusion of Perfection in the Christian Life: A Poem

On Turning 26

I know I've had an extended hiatus from writing since February but I hope to be back now with at least some regularity. I turned 26 last week and am writing this short, belated birthday post about my three regrets of the past five years and my three hopes for the next five years. The … Continue reading On Turning 26

A Second Prayer for the Sexually Tempted

Un-mask Coursing. Rushing Fool's heroine running wild through veins Panting The slow build of steady fire, flames sweetly consuming stomach lining. Bidden, begged for Butterflies? Nah, some crazed creature with claws. Tearing resistance away with promised pleasure. Palpable, the color of passion consumes intimate places pulsate Red not the angry kind. Stop. Thoughts screeching. Look … Continue reading A Second Prayer for the Sexually Tempted

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’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