A New Reformation

Christian culture is shifting in a myriad of ways to embrace the idea that the Gospel is bigger than personal salvation. We are beginning to see that its scale encompasses institutions, cities, and nations.

We are not talking about The Church swallowing up these spheres, but that God cares about nations. His truth is not confined to how we do church and how we live our individual lives but expands to how nations function. We are not looking to create, or at least we ought not be looking to create, another Christendom, but an expansion of the Kingdom into all spheres of society. There is a difference. Continue reading “A New Reformation”

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Thinking that leads to Repentance

fe1bc295-65ce-4931-81e4-bbec4c63baf1I once thought along hard lines. If you pushed against one of those lines, I pushed back. If your thinking did not fit inside my lines, it was wrong and you were wrong. I believed in absolute truth. There was no margin for error. If my truth was in error, I was in error, and maybe all of Christendom. I had to hold the fort and hold it I did.

I admired the sharp lines of my thinking. I sought to perfect those lines with study. I read all that supported my thinking and nothing that would threaten it. Then one day I ran into people. These people became my friends. And these friends thought differently than me. These friends were good strong Christians, yet they did not see the world the same as I. Continue reading “Thinking that leads to Repentance”

In Search for Another World?

AliceAlice stepped through the looking glass. The Pevensie children walked through the wardrobe. Wendy and her brothers leapt out the window. Each found a wondrous world awaiting their discovery.

What if it is that easy? Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He did not provide another world to escape to, but another world to abide within. Instead of leaving our world for Narnia, we get to bring Narnia to our world. We do not have to drink a potion or find an old magic wardrobe; we simply have to find Jesus.

Then together with the Holy Spirit we start our own adventure. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. This means we have the Kingdom when we have the Holy Spirit.

It is like we take a paint brush and Continue reading “In Search for Another World?”

My Writing Process

Writing-writing-29931875-1366-768Literally anything can be the spark that ignites into a composition. However, it is seldom one spark, but a whole train of thoughts and experiences that coalesce into an idea. The idea bounces around in my thoughts for a while. It grows as I consider the concept. It accompanies me as I read, think, and interact with others. I am always looking at what forms our way of looking at the world. Where do the ideas originate. How do I get at the core of what motivates our thinking. How do I highlight healthy thinking and expose the entrapment of errant thinking.

At some point in this process, the idea begins to formulate into something I can mold into words. It strengthens within. Often the sentences begin to form in my mind. One sentence will lead to the next on an invisible sheet of paper. I write in my head before I make it visible. Once the writing begins inside, it is begging to be made manifest. Then I write.

I begin with what I wrote on that invisible mental page, and then, from there, flows the rest. I pull on all the thoughts, experiences, and research calling it forth like a Continue reading “My Writing Process”

Christian Schizophrenia

Who am IWho am I? Many social labels profess to answer that question. The answers will likely reference religion, politics, careers, hobbies, passions, and familial roles as well as national, regional and ethnic identities. Each of these categories of identity formation carries a particular way of looking at life.

As Christians it is important to know which identity carries the most weight. Much of the Church is in an identity crisis because we do not know what worldview we are drawing upon to inform our thinking. We often choose a package deal. Sometimes we do not choose at all. We are tossed around by whatever view has the greatest influence over us. It may be our political party, our economic class, or our profession. It may be a mixture of all three and then some.

No person is immune to the strong affiliations brought by family, region, ethnic culture, education, economics, politics, and religion. When we, as Christians, discuss what ought to be the chief influencer of our worldview, the answers are likely not to stray from God, Jesus, or the Bible. But when we get down to it, do our denominational or non-denominational views inform our way of looking at the world to a greater extent than Jesus does? Does our political party affiliation inform our worldview, or does our worldview inform our politics regardless of what line the party is toting? Do our pet doctrines have more weight than the rest of Scripture? Does our interpretation of the end times color how we see everything else in Scripture and the world? Continue reading “Christian Schizophrenia”

Never Read Alone

I aim to never read alone. I find that I draw so much more from a book when I read with the collective voices of other authors who have addressed the particular subject. I bounce the words I read off the thoughts I’ve gleaned before from these illustrious voices. I look for where they fit in the conversation. Often I find the voice I am reading to provide a missing element of the conversation. Sometimes it broadness the conversation to include new avenues the subject has yet to reach in my studies. Still, at other times, it narrows the conversation into intricate detail that is the needle and thread weaving the knowledge more securely to the big picture. There are also those writers whose handling of the subject seems to have missed the conversation altogether and yet the other voices come in to play in rebuttal.

My favorite authors to read with are G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Alister McGrath, and a great many others that have joined the conversation over the years. My bookshelves are bulging with their many voices. They span the spectrum of subjects. To name a few consider: John Locke, Charles Dickens, Niccolo Machiavelli, J.R.R Tolkein, Malcolm Muggeridge, Adam Smith, Henry David Thoreau, or newer voices like Ravi Zacharias, Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, and Danny Silk. All of these have something to contribute to the big questions of life and the more Continue reading “Never Read Alone”

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