Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 When a person is guilty of breaking the law---they are convicted of a crime. A conviction is the same as one who is... Continue Reading →
Poem: I Drove To Church
I drove to church With a confident smile. Even though—it’s been a while. I knew God would accept me. But before I entered the sanctuary I was met with callous glares. My sinful past—they were aware. My confident smile began to fade Like the bloom of a rose in autumn. As I turned my back... Continue Reading →
What Is Evangelism And Why Is It An Important Role For The Church?
Evangelism is defined as, "the God-given ability to share the gospel with non-believers in a relevant, practical, and engaging way so that they choose to become followers of Jesus." This definition encapsulates the heart of the great commission---to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Matt. 28:19-20; Lk. 14:23; Mk.... Continue Reading →
Do Not Build A Modern Church Without The Foundation of The Gospel Set In Stone
The modern church today does their best to be relevant to non-churchy people. I can understand this strategy, considering Scripture teaches us to become all things to all people for the sake of the gospel (1 Cor. 9:23). We should overcome our traditions and idiosyncrasies in order to meet the culture where they are and... Continue Reading →
A Letter to The Churches About The Pandemic And Dietary Laws
Dear Church, In 2002, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) originated in bats and civet cats at a wet market and transmitted to humans. In 2009, H1N1 influenza, also known as Swine Flu, was transmitted from pigs to humans. In 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was transmitted by the consumption of camel milk and meat.... Continue Reading →
Denominational Preference Should Never Supersede Doctrinal Faithfulness
I do believe it's tenable for a denominational tradition to be doctrinally faithful. For Paul clearly said in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, "So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter." Thus, the traditions of the Judeo-Christian worldview do play... Continue Reading →
What does God say about Church Discipline?
Today, church discipline is perceived as an unkind action. People don’t like the idea of confronting another person because of its supposed negativity. Consequently, few churches are practicing church discipline today. In this essay, I will argue church discipline is a biblical command, and when done properly, strengthens the health of the church. Jesus told us... Continue Reading →
Having a Unity of Mind for Spiritual Growth
"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble (1 Peter 3:8)." When I was in college, I swam for the University of Indianapolis. Our opponents pejoratively called us the "international team" and accused us of recruiting illegally. I think they were jealous because our team, full of... Continue Reading →
What is the Spiritual State of the American Church?
We are living in exciting times for the growth of the Church. There is no doubt about that. Large churches are growing all around the United States, adding 1,000s to worship Jesus on Sunday morning. In 2008, an American evangelical denomination reported that 2.5 million decisions were made for Christ. Yet, with all the excitement... Continue Reading →
Are women to remain silent in Church?
This topic has widely been debated, from those within the different denominations of Christianity to atheists, skeptics, feminists, and others who are passionate about the equality of men and women. Before we begin, it's important to recognize that no one is arguing that women are less intrinsically valuable or inferior to men. It's my hope... Continue Reading →