Archive for January, 2011

Morality is Not Judgment

Charismatic televangelist Joel Osteen appeared with his wife Victoria last week on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, where the recent successor to Larry King sought to rescue the dismal ratings of his debut week by capitalizing on one of today’s most controversial issues. In a clip available on Morgan’s site, Osteen—who rarely mentions sin, instead preferring […]

Lessons From the Lord’s Prayer

On Wednesday, I wrote briefly about prayer, and I feel that I should make it clear that I wasn’t trying to belittle liturgical prayers in any way, only pointing out that prayer need not always be some grand affair.  Prayer should always come from the heart, but we can learn much from the prayers that […]

Can’t Find the Words

Prayer often becomes a real stumbling block for us as Christians, though it really needn’t be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people, young and old, tell me that they don’t want to pray aloud in front of a group because they don’t think they’re “good at it,” and I can’t help […]

What I Lack

Today, I’m going to exercise extreme candor and tell you, my readers, that there’s just something I hate about the idea of living off of the generosity and support of others; that was one of my major struggles when making the decision to go into full-time ministry. Mind you, I don’t look down on others […]

Abortion & “Moral Confusion”

This Saturday marks the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s detestable Roe v. Wade decision, and abortion has appeared in the news lately as a hot topic in several other instances: Last week, the New York City Department of Health reported that, in 2009, 41% of pregnancies ended in abortion. Among the city’s African-Americans, the […]

Rules and Freedom

Freedom Requires Rules On Monday, I wrote a bit about salvation, and this post continues along that theme. Perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions about the Christian faith is that the defining characteristic of Christians is “being good” (and following, salvation depends on how “good” one is). A common objection to following Jesus Christ involves […]

Christ’s Commitment to Us

Something that I’ve been considering a lot lately is my understanding of sanctification and salvation through Jesus Christ. Dave Dorr, pastor of Passage Church recently wrote a short but insightful article regarding the difference between us accepting Christ and Christ accepting us.  In “The Gap Between Us Accepting Christ and Christ Accepting Us”, Dorr writes: […]

Worship and Prayer: A Personal Relationship

Whenever I have the opportunity to give my testimony, I talk about how God was working in my life for months before I happened to attend a concert marking the last Maryland appearance of the band Five Iron Frenzy. A Christian ska band known for silly songs and crazy antics, FIF also wrote some of […]

JCrew

Though I’m not yet the official Senior High Youth Leader at my church until next week, my wife and I will be leading JCrew (our church’s senior high youth group) tonight for the first time, and meeting some of the teens who we haven’t come in contact with as we’ve volunteered with the group over the past several months. […]

BioLogos: Disingenuous Objectivity

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently posted a rebuttal of sorts (“No Buzzing Little Fly“) to the BioLogos Foundation’s year-end summary (“The Dawning of a New Day”, written by its current president Darrel Falk). This article specifically singled out Mohler for attempting to “squish” BioLogos like “a buzzing little fly.” For […]