Were you aware that Jesus actually spoke on following 4 times more than he spoke about leading? It is true. In fact, much of Jesus's teaching was dominated by the topics of submission and following. Yet, when you do a quick search on Christian bookstores for the topic of submission, the results are minimal and … Continue reading Less Leadership, More Following
As important as it is for parents, grandparents, and other older members of the faith community to pass down faith, it is also equally vital for faith to be passed the other way.
There is a lot of church language that we use in church and toss around. Among those words, the terminology surrounds salvation and "being saved" may be the one of the most common, but also most important. The foundation of the Christian faith is that the God of the world sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and offer us this gift of salvation. When is this salvation for?
Have you ever wondered why it is that Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God, yet Cain's was not? Or why Saul was rejected by God as the king of Israel for offering the sacrifice before Samuel, yet David was not after the whole incident with Bathsheba and the issue with his son Absalom that caused a divide in the nation? I think what is going on here is less of God playing favorites, but rather something else dealing with these two men. Let me propose that the sacrifice and worship which God accepts is that which comes from a pure heart.
Jesus was widely known during his life for his teaching and for his healing. In Mark 8, Jesus heals a blind man but it seems to take a second attempt. Does Jesus improve in his healing abilities before Mark 10, or is Jesus being strategic and trying to teach us something deeper?
Belief is a word we often throw around in Christian circles, and it is not a bad thing. However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between believing and accepting. This difference may be subtle, but I think it is a huge part of our faith as we are following Christ. So what is the difference?
Last week, I was in a Christian bookstore when I saw Craig Groeschel's book The Christian Atheist. Now let me preface this by saying I have not read this book, but it caught my attention and had me thinking all day. Why is the pastor of the largest multi-site church in the country, Life.Church, writing a book about Christian atheists? Or even more, what is a Christian atheist? Because I would hazard to say that Christian atheism may be the most dangerous thing facing our church today.