Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)

Is God fair?  Will he send people to hell who never had a chance to know about salvation in Jesus?  Yesterday we looked at some options for how Christians try to answer this difficult question. Today we seek for any other biblical passages that might give us some help.  Thankfully there are some. Last weekContinue reading “Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)”

Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?

Have you ever tried building a complicated Lego set without using the instruction guide? Just using the guide can be complex enough.  All it takes is to put one brick one spot off, and within a few steps you realize that your model doesn’t look like the one in the picture.  So you turn theContinue reading “Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?”

The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!”

“That’s not worship.” The person speaking the words was really frustrated at our church. They were talking about a change we made to our worship service.  In that person’s view, the change had turned our worship service into something that was not worship. What change could we make that would take a worship service andContinue reading “The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!””

Is Sola Scriptura broken? (or Can we really read the Bible and hear from God?)

When you read the Bible, do you think that God will speak to you through it?  How do you know that you will understand it properly?  What if God wants to tell you X and you believe he said Y? Does Sola Scriptura mean that any Christian can just open up the Scriptures and understandContinue reading “Is Sola Scriptura broken? (or Can we really read the Bible and hear from God?)”

How to grow your faith

  In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus tells what I think is one of the scariest stories in the Bible.  It is a story of people who thought they had faith.  But their faith was primarily intellectual, belief.  Jesus says to them that something important is missing.  They did not have the kind of faith that heContinue reading “How to grow your faith”

Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?

Faith Church. That’s the name of our church. Back in 1968, when they got this church started, why would people choose to name a new church, Faith Church? I wonder what they were thinking. What is faith?  Most often we think faith is belief. And for good reason. Faith does mean belief.  It means that inContinue reading “Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?”

How to become more gracious

Have you ever had an encounter with someone who was less than gracious?  Have you been accused?  Confronted? Or maybe you’re in the store, waiting in line at checkout, and right in front of you is a family with young children.  Just then one of the kids start freaking out because the parent won’t letContinue reading “How to become more gracious”

The one word that will help you step off the hamster wheel of not feeling good enough

Have you ever felt like you are not good enough?  Maybe you’ve wondered if God is disappointed with you?  Are you tired of your failures?  Do you feel like you are on a hamster wheel, struggling to make progress in life, stop a bad habit, become more whole and healthy, be more consistent, stop aContinue reading “The one word that will help you step off the hamster wheel of not feeling good enough”

How the Winnebago can teach us something important about grace

Yesterday I introduced the new sermon series I’m giving at Faith Church this October. We’re pausing the Deuteronomy series in order to make way for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Each week this month we’ll be looking at one of the Five Solas of the Reformation.  This week we start with Sola Gratia,Continue reading “How the Winnebago can teach us something important about grace”

A 1517-era “social media post” that lit the world on fire

Imagine this: what if you could write a post on Facebook that would change the world?  Would you do it?  What if you knew ahead of time that your one little Facebook post would start wars, that people would get killed, and that you yourself would become a fugitive on the run, afraid for yourContinue reading “A 1517-era “social media post” that lit the world on fire”