Does Jesus Want His Church to be Persecuted?

This past Sunday, I preached on Matthew 1-2 and talked about how Jesus didn’t come to save us from what we wish he would have. He didn’t come to save us from our messed-up families, our human enemies, persecution, or even everyday life.  He came to save us from our sin. But, as sometimes happensContinue reading “Does Jesus Want His Church to be Persecuted?”

3 Links to Think On: August 15th

Is the Church Good for Society? – Dean Inserra reflects on research indicating that fewer Americans think the church is improving society. Challenging and hopefully catalytic. 5 Things Christians Need to Stop Doing – Included in the list: Stop being so weird online. Stop handling conflict so poorly. He addresses it to the church, but it’s goodContinue reading “3 Links to Think On: August 15th”

The Bloody Truth: Jesus, His Church, and Persecution

Jesus didn’t come to save us from what we wish he would have. He didn’t come to save us from our messed-up families, our human enemies, persecution, or even everyday life.  He came to save us from our sin.  But if Jesus didn’t come to save us from persecution, does that mean he wants hisContinue reading “The Bloody Truth: Jesus, His Church, and Persecution”

3 Links to Think On

So, as I make my occasional forays around the wild and wonderful Internet land, I often come across articles that make me think. Enjoy! Stop Renting Your Church Home – Church membership is old hat, church attendance is declining. Aaron Earls at Facts & Trends examines the difference between “renting” and “buying”a church home. Can WeContinue reading “3 Links to Think On”

7 Reasons for Christian Confidence (No Matter Who Wins the 2016 Election)

One of the most unfortunate byproducts of the debacle that is America’s 2016 is the hand-wringing epidemic that has swept through Christian circles. This condition seems to have several sources, but a particularly significant one is the political situation. Evangelicals are being asked to choose between a lying, manipulative, untrustworthy nominee on one side and a lying, manipulative, untrustworthy candidateContinue reading “7 Reasons for Christian Confidence (No Matter Who Wins the 2016 Election)”