It’s time for the Church’s sleeping giants to wake up

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On the day of my ordination, an elder from my church shared a vision he saw about me. In the vision I was playing golf. This isn’t unusual as I have been playing since age fourteen. However, in this vision, I was standing on a teebox with my wife Amber, and Jesus was my caddie.

Strange, I know. But stick with me.

Anyway, a 560 yard par 5 stretched out in front of us and I looked at my caddie for a club selection. The problem was he was carrying a small bag with only three clubs. Two really. …


Deconstructing Christian karma

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I’m sure you’ve seen the hashtag #blessed or it’s variants.

#blessed
#blessed🙏
#blessedlife
#blessedandhighlyfavored
#blessedbeyondmeasure
#blessedbygod

Typically this is proceeded by a post, snap, or tweet of one of the following:

  1. Accomplishing a big goal like buying your first house, landing your first job, or succeeding in a sporting event.
  2. Having a great — or new — spouse, significant other, or offspring.
  3. Experiencing something wonderful, beautiful, or thrilling.
  4. Succeeding in a business venture or realizing financial gain.
  5. Being kept safe from disaster, injury, sickness, or negative/painful circumstances.
  6. Getting something for free.

Christians are most likely to be the ones to…


Christians With Questions

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In this series, I want to help you get “unstuck” with common questions that seem to regularly cause Christians to lose sleep or their faith. These are questions that have been posed to me through email or in conversation with real, live “Christians with questions.”

Question: Does God reveal himself outside of Scripture? If he can, then does everyone, including people who have never read the Bible, get an equal chance to believe in his redemption? If that’s the case then what is the point of evangelism?

This is a question Christians have been wrestling with for centuries. First, it’s…


Christians With Questions

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In this series, I want to help you get “unstuck” with common questions that seem to regularly cause Christians to lose sleep or their faith. These are questions that have been posed to me through email or in conversation with real, live “Christians with questions.”

Question: In Genesis 3, after Adam and Eve’s fall, God punishes Eve by saying that she will want to be in charge but will be ruled by man. But, if this was a punishment for sin, then it wasn’t God’s original design or intent for women, right? …


Chapter 13 — Syria

Saad Shamon straightened his tie and button his jacket. He looked at himself in the mirror. His jet black hair was slicked back and neatly trimmed beard oiled and combed. His black Tom Ford suit complemented his thin, but muscular frame. He checked his watch, a vintage Rolex Submariner, and saw it was five minutes before 8 P.M. He would have dinner with his wife Amira at their favorite restaurant on the rooftop of their luxury condominium building one last time. …


Christians With Questions

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Are you a Christian? Do you have questions?

You’re not alone. Many Christians, especially younger ones, are wrestling with their faith. Between politics, culture wars, public scandals, racism, and the constant barrage of ideas on social media, questions abound.

Generally, the church has not been too kind or patient to those who ask hard questions. Most churches just don’t have time. Questions are not efficient. They don’t fill the seats or the offering plate. They aren’t “seeker friendly”. They also can scare off the faithful or cause them to start asking their own questions. Questions are like a virus.

We…


Ravi Zacharias and the defense of Christian faith

the failure of apologetics
the failure of apologetics
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As a student at the University of Florida in the early 90s, I was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru). The ministry grew during my time at UF and I became a leader. It became my primary community both spiritually and socially at a campus of 50,000 students and where I met my future wife.

Outside of developing lifetime friendships and setting the course for my family to come, Cru was the proving grounds for my developing faith in Jesus. …


A shattered Christian witness and the days ahead

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Pastor Mike here again. Some of you must have missed my previous message. It seems like you still need some pastoring, especially after the events of January 6, 2021.

If you are a follower of Jesus, regardless of your political stripe, the images of violence and death with that yellow “Jesus Saves” banner in the background cut to the core.

Is this our Christian witness? Is this “Good News?”

In the days since, I’ve been thinking about those images and the witness of Jesus in 2021. It’s like we had a beautiful vase and someone decided to use it as…


Advent is the arrival of the earth’s king

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Have you heard the saying, “Keep Christ in Christmas?” Or what about, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season?” Are those just ways to sell bumper stickers to Christians or is there something deeper to consider?

Advent is the traditional word for the season around Christmas. It is the celebration of the “arrival” (Latin: adventus) of Jesus in both his nativity and second coming. Depending on your church background, Advent is an annual forty-day deep dive filled with traditions that place you in a posture of waiting, listening, and preparation. …


Jesus and his radical invitation to join in the full life of God

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If you read the Gospels, especially the Gospel of Luke, it does not take you long to realize that Jesus had a bit of a thing for the Pharisees. Outside of resistance from his own family and people of his home region, no one plotted, schemed, and outright hated Jesus more than the Pharisees.

In recent history, at least since the Protestant reformation, the Pharisees have been demonized as “legalistic” over against the message of “grace” through Jesus’ death and resurrection. …

M.J. Bishop

Writing on faithfulness to the Way of Jesus, becoming fully-formed humanity, and the table as metaphor and praxis of being church. Oh, and a good story or two.

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