If I were to drop dead right now, or a suicide bomber downstairs were to blow this building up and I were blown into smithereens, God would have done me no wrong.
You can't be too humble. But you can be stupid. And you can be excessively introspective, and you can probably be overly detailed
I'm laughing because I just watched my own video about not retiring, and in it I talk about 70-year-olds trying to get a tan on their leathery, hairless, splotchy skin in Arizona, and how the shorts look so ridiculous
I want to be loose and broad and give freedom to believers to find their way to be most effective. So I respect those who are renouncing it and I respect those who say, "No, let's redeem it and penetrate it and use it."
I think the ideal that Jesus teaches is that we shouldn't divorce and remarry while the spouse divorced is living. That's very conservative and very narrow. But that's what I think Jesus teaches
The Bible is clear that women shouldn't teach and have authority over men. This doesn't mean you can't learn from a woman
If I want people of other religions to consider the message of the Bible, should I be willing return the favor and read their holy books as well?
The most glorious universe is the universe in which we really will things, and we are really responsible for what we will, and we will be held accountable for the choices we make. And God is still absolutely sovereign over those willings.
How far should we go in teaching creationism in the church? How important or unimportant is it?
God does not desire that anyone should perish, but we know many people are going to hell. So is God's plan of salvation a success or failure?
Chronic illness, difficult marriages, losing a child—doesn't God want me to be happy? God definitely wants you to be happy long-term and infinitely
I think that what happens when you name names is both good and bad. The good is that people are warned, and they now know that if they're going to turn on that TV program they're going to be alert to watch for error and be more protected, maybe. The downside is that it so quickly becomes a personal thing
I think we have fallen in the last two centuries (and the last fifty years especially) into such a sense of individualism and tolerance that about the only vice that some people can conceive of is not tolerating other people's lifestyle choices.
First, in healing a heart we need to recognize that healing is sometimes a very gutsy thing and not just a tender thing. It's both.
Gluttony is having a craving for food that conquers you. I think we need to recover a large appreciation for the biblical disciplines of self-denial and fasting.
I don't think the Bible allows divorce and remarriage ever while the spouse is living. That's my radical, crazy, conservative, narrow, hard-nosed, very needed view in our divorce-happy culture.
Certainly it doesn't make sense to us, no. But it does make sense to God. Therefore it is not irrational or ultimately absurd.
My guideline is that the repentance should be roughly as broad as the effect of the sin.
If we aren't amazed by grace towards us, we will be a finger-pointing church mainly. We should be amazed that God has treated us so generously.
If our future is not secured and satisfied by God then we are going to be excessively anxious.
There are two passages in the New Testament that, taken a certain way, would seem to indicate that he did.
Yes. I think we should teach our children to pray as soon as they can say anything. The first words they should say are, "Dear Jesus, thank you."
God can ordain that someone kill his son and yet still say, "Thou shalt not kill." That is not schizophrenia.