Month: December 2015

Yes, Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God (But Here’s What That Means & Doesn’t)

21K SharesShare20KTweetPin1KShare+1RedditEmail In the ongoing conversations about Islam in America, the issue of God v. Allah is a critical one to have. Do we worship the same God? If so, what does that mean? The best answer to this question is, of course, Miroslav Volf’s book, Allah: A Christian Response. It’s so important that I’d …

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5 Steps Toward Leaving A Bigger Legacy For The Kingdom

277 SharesShare276TweetPin1Share+1RedditEmail Several weeks ago I was tucking my daughter into bed (I’m sooo thankful she still asks me to do that) and she said something to me that “filled my bucket” as we say in this house. She said, “Daddy, you know how you taught me all about Jesus? Well, since you taught me …

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The 10 Weirdest Christmas Gifts I Discovered on the Internet This Year

367 SharesShare367TweetPinShare+1RedditEmail I like to do as much Christmas shopping online as possible– you get to skip the crowds, and stuff is delivered straight to your doorstep. In fact, the ease of online shopping is something I thank the sweet baby Jesus and former Vice President Al Gore for every year. However, there’s a catch: online shopping …

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The Blood of American Christianity Will Be The Seed Of The Church

6K SharesShare6KTweetPin2Share+1Reddit10Email It’s a funny thing what makes Christianity grow and flourish. In the Second Century, Tertullian (one of the early Christian theologians), wrote in Apologeticus that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” For the first few hundred years of our faith, Christianity was an illegal cult of nonviolent enemy lovers who were …

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The Importance Of Reframing The Most Common Question We Ask Kids At Christmas

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail There’s no time of the year more magical, especially for children, than the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas. Even I, a child in an aging body with more grey hair than I had hoped for at this age, continue to experience the magic of Christmas all these years later. It’s true– …

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How To Be A Better Friend To Someone Who Grieves At Christmas

9K SharesShare9KTweetPin7Share+1RedditEmail For some, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year– but that’s not true for all of us. It’s quite likely that out of your mix of friends or church family, there are some in your life who will spend the holidays grieving. Here’s a few ideas as to how you could …

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When Being Anti-LGBTQ is More Important Than Being the Church

2K SharesShare2KTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail Theological questions on LGBTQ issues is one of the areas where much of the Church has some serious wrestling to do. Beyond wrestling with some of the outstanding scholarly work being done (see for instance, NT scholar JRD Kirk) the main question much of the Church must contend with is that of functionality: What …

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