Should Christians change their views on morality as their society changes? – Characters: Daniel, Part 2

Is it okay for Christians to update their views on ethics and morality? Can we innovate our stance on traditional theology? There’s no doubt that American society has been heavily influenced by Christianity, and still is in large part, but as our societal views change, can we adapt Christianity to fall more in line withContinue reading “Should Christians change their views on morality as their society changes? – Characters: Daniel, Part 2”

All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]

This week we have been fact-checking Christian statements about sin. In part 3 yesterday we looked at the phrase “all sins are the same.” Today we’re investigating its opposite: sins are different. There is an important sense in which sins are very, very different, and they are not the same.   In part 3, we sawContinue reading “All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]”

God wants to transform our mess [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 5]

From our murder mystery in part 1, into the bizarre dead body ritual of part 2 and part 3, and through the messiness of crime in part 4, what have we learned about God’s heart through the teaching of Deuteronomy 21 about crime and punishment?  God is serious about the purity of the land, andContinue reading “God wants to transform our mess [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 5]”

Can we learn God’s heart from a ritual for a dead body? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 3]

Imagine the scene. In ancient Israel, a murdered body is found in a field, and no one knows who committed the crime. Who should deal with the body, and how does God want the people to deal with the blood guilt? In this series we’ve been exploring the fascinating ritual God commands the people toContinue reading “Can we learn God’s heart from a ritual for a dead body? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 3]”

A biblical murder mystery? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 1]

Do you like crime dramas? Last year I watched a Netflix documentary called Making A Murderer.  It was gripping, often feeling like an extended episode of the TV show, Law & Order.  There were many interesting characters and plot twists, but in this documentary, all of it was real.  No actors.  Real interviews. Courtroom andContinue reading “A biblical murder mystery? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 1]”

The surprising thing God says about sex

You fill in the blank: “Sex is ________”. Too often we Christians have responded to our culture in negative, hurtful ways that have led people to conclude that we hate sex, that we think sex is bad.  Our young people have heard so often “don’t have sex”, that many Christians teens are scared of it,Continue reading “The surprising thing God says about sex”

What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2

My son walked up to our pantry closet in our kitchen, looking for a snack.  He quickly put his hand over his nose, uttering a muffled “Ugh! What is that smell?” I looked over at him standing there, and said “What do you mean? Is it the trashcan?”  Our kitchen trash bin is right nextContinue reading “What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2”

How do you write a letter to a church in a hyper-sexualized culture?

How do you start a letter to a church that is out of control?  What would you say? Imagine you’re a leader of a group of churches.  Maybe a denominational CEO, a bishop, a district superintendent, a conference minister.  You are responsible for the spiritual health and vitality of the many pastors and congregations underContinue reading “How do you write a letter to a church in a hyper-sexualized culture?”