She Must Not Be Silent

It seems to me that 21st century Western culture says that the church may be fine, but should stay in its own sphere and not really effect public life.  By contrast, God says that the church is His instrument of salvation and reconciliation in the world, and that, however much Hell would like to triumph over... Continue Reading →

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Turn And Be Blessed

One of the chief ways God blesses a man is by turning him away from his wickedness.  God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness. Acts 3:26 Strapped for time today, so allow me to get directly to my point.... Continue Reading →

He Doesn’t Control Some Things

   That's right.  He controls all things.   Is a trumpet blown in a city,and the people are not afraid?  Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?  Amos 3:6 Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?  Is it not from the mouth of... Continue Reading →

The Second to Last One

   *The following is my second to last e-mail to CrossBridge Church. The answer is nothing. The question comes at the end.   The book of Acts ends with Paul under arrest and awaiting his execution. Also, he's getting rejected by a good number of his fellow Jews in big-city Rome.   Not a very... Continue Reading →

Wrath and Compassion

Jesus had incredibly harsh words to say to the unrepentant and unbelieving. He also had fierce, rescuing mercies to give to those who did repent. True Christians should be ashamed of neither. The same Jesus who said He would strike the unrepentant Jezebel in the Thyatiran church dead also told the sinful, broken woman who... Continue Reading →

What You Lose When You Deny Creation

What comes from denying we exist as creatures in a place that was created? What results when you believe that most biological diversity can be explained by genetic mutation and natural selection? That some form of evolution is the sole reason that there are bears and birds and bats, and not simply a planet containing... Continue Reading →

When the One Who is Offended is Wrong

The words "offended" and "offensive" carry a lot of weight, a lot of cultural currency, in our day and place. For most 21st century Americans, if someone tells you what you just said was "offensive," the conversation stops, your heart speeds up, your palms get a little sweaty. You just did something terrible, and you're... Continue Reading →

Two Ways to Love Our Cities

In Acts 2-4 Peter and John love their city in a Godly way by (at least) doing two things. Two things that most of the people around me in 21st century America would tell me are irreconcilable. Diametrically opposed. 1) They care for some among the city's weak. 2) They proclaim to those in the... Continue Reading →

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