Kevin Shrum

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Charlottesville and Sin

What are we to make of these developments in Charlottesville? We are all sinners, alienated from God and isolated from each other.

Secularism Can't Sustain a Moral Order

While many of the "framers and founders," were not explicitly Christian, they did decide to hang their moral hat on an intellectual structure that was not only rooted in natural and common law, but in a spiritual and moral order that allowed for human flourishing.

Will Christian Morality Be Considered Immoral? Illegal?

For two hundred plus years Western culture (especially America) has been shaped by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Not all citizens of the West were Orthodox Christians nor were Western nation-states theocracies. Yet, the contours of the social and intellectual life of Western culture were largely moralistic and spiritual.

Fear Not: A Christmas Meditation for 2015

'Fear not.' We need to hear those simple words loud and clear this Christmas season. Fear runs through the hallways of many hearts these days screaming, 'Be afraid, be very afraid.' Why such fear? It could be said many are experiencing many levels of debilitating, paralyzingly fear—a lack of courage to live with faith, hope, and love.

An Open Letter to my LBGT Friends and Neighbors

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 has changed everything and nothing for Christians. For churches that have already capitulated on this issue the matter is settled. For Christians who oppose the issue, the matter is far from settled — it's only just begun.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Law: A Dead Conscience Is a Danger We Must Resist

The uproar over Indiana's religious freedom law pits the individual conscience against the "public ethic," with the word bigotry thrown in for added intensity. But in leaving no room for religious convictions, as critics of the law would have it, are we heading toward demanding that people's conscience be restrained or killed if they step outside of their home?

Why I am Disappointed in Matthew Vines' Book

Matthew Vines, the celebrated, gay-affirming (his type of term) ex-evangelical with a supposedly high view of Scripture, has written a book entitled, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in this book. Let me count the ways.

3 Options for Engaging Culture for Jesus

In addition to the front-line issues facing Christians these days there is a behind-the-scenes argument taking place within the Christian community that is acute and probing: How are we to engage culture from a decidedly Christian worldview? The argument is often heated and divisive. It is an argument worth having.

The Truth About Post-Christian America

How does one live as a Christian in an era where same-sex marriage is now the norm, where homosexuality is openly celebrated, where hypocrisy in the church is consistently exposed, where atheism is not just an alternative intellectual option, but a hostile enemy, where Christianity is viewed as the enemy and not the founder and friend of America, and where the "spiritual shallowness" of many Christians, especially evangelical Christians, is being exposed for what it is - an Americanized version of cultural Christianity that is not authentic, genuine, or biblically orthodox?

10 Truths About Salvation Every Person Must Know (Part 2)

Truth #4: The drama of salvation takes a beautiful turn at this point - God enters history. God saves us without condition – that is, we don't meet a set of conditions that make us desirable to save. Instead, we are totally saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

5 Questions Every Person Must Answer, Including the Religious 'Nones'

These questions are but five of a whole host of questions any belief system must ask and answer. The concerning thing about modern-day atheism is not its existence, but its shallowness. Again, atheism is not new. But one gets the sense that the atheism of the current day is not dealing with the great questions of life and death honestly and forthrightly; rather the new atheism seems to be the yearning for humanity to be totally free from any temporal, external, objective, or eternal explanations, restraints or accountability.

6 Questions Runaway Prophet Jonah Compels Us to Ask About Our Soul's Health

This brings us to the life of Jonah, that reluctant, prejudice prophet who cared little for the eternal condition of the inhabitants of pagan Nineveh. When the word of the Lord came to Jonah the first time (1:1) he ran from the call of God and the God who was calling him (1:3). Though Jonah was on the run and his life was headed in a downward spiral (1:3-17), we learn much about God's mercy and grace from the entire scope of Jonah's life. We know:

The Only Time Jesus Ever Failed

How does one communicate to the world the truth and nature of biblical marriage in a way that would cause them to re-think their views on marriage without sounding archaic in tone or uninformed in scope? Biblical marriage is the bonding of one man and one woman in a committed, covenant, loving, union for the mutual fulfillment and completeness of both persons, for the procreation and raising of children, and for the stabilization and sustenance of a civil society (Gen. 1:26-31).

Are Christians Trouble-Makers

In both subtle and blatant ways, Christianity is slowly being isolated and marginalized in the public square. Where it once was welcomed, the Christianity is now an increasingly unwelcome voice, a world-view now viewed as strange and obstructive.

On Mission for Jesus

Question: Are you on mission for Jesus? Or, are you a mission of Jesus? Too many Christians are willing to receive ministry, but all too few are willing to give themselves away in ministry.

Exploding the 'Myth of Culture'

The "myth of culture" needs to be exploded if the gospel is to penetrate the culture. Scratch the surface of what we call "culture" and you will find beneath the surface that all people everywhere desire the same things