On Sunday March 19th, 2017, I had the privilege of debating an atheist.
Many today argue that we can't preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology.
An important question for all Christians to ask is, "Are we 'affecting' the world, or is the world 'infecting' us?"
As a Southern California corporate executive for the fastest growing fitness company in the world in the mid-1990s, I had the opportunity to experience the devastating effects of life in the fast lane without rules or boundaries.
Often, it's the, "I'll give Jesus a try" attitude, rather than a broken heart desperately seeking a Savior — the American gospel versus the true gospel.
We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation before our eyes. We have become one nation "above" God, rather under God. The current uprisings across America confirm this.
A paraphrase that is often attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville — a Frenchman who authored Democracy in America in the early 1800s, helps to open this letter: "I looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated.
Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life.
Those who believe you can lose your salvation should not chide those who believe in eternal security — "once saved always saved" is by no means a license to sin — it's a belief in God's guarantee. But on the flip side, those who embrace eternal security should not mock those who disagree.
Although I believed I was healthy and fit, by the time I reached my twenty-second birthday, my 6'2'' frame had skyrocketed to 270 pounds and I was diagnosed with borderline hypoglycemia.
Christianity is built primarily on two foundations: Jesus is God and the inerrancy of the Bible. We are encouraged to be at peace with all men, even with those who have different beliefs.
I recently had the privilege of meeting a priest of a large parish in Southern California. The purpose of our conversation was to discuss the role of tradition in light of Scripture. Granted, some tradition is beneficial if it lines up with Scripture.
How can we undo the emotional pain that we experience from failed relationships?
Those who find themselves in this situation must spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel
News reports are featuring famous athletes, actors, and pop-stars being asked about abortion and gay-marriage. Often, they criticize Christians: "Doesn't the Bible say 'judge not'; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?"
With best-selling Christian authors and popular worship leaders showing support for gay-marriage, many are left baffled and confused. These points may help us better understand the great divide:
This is a foreboding time for us all. Last week I was walking near our city's boulevard in the evening when a car drove by and yelled F___ Trump!! It was a dangerous atmosphere for me and my wife.
"Why didn't someone do something?" Those five words still haunt my thoughts today.
Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches — I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course.
Jen Hatmaker recently made the following comment in a question-and-answer-style interview published by the Religion News Service, "Not only are these [LGBT] our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ.
America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation.
While we are concerned with terrorism, and rightly so, there is a greater threat from within. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation before our eyes. We have become one nation "above" God, rather than under God.
Stunned, I contemplated what I had read. Just days after Sergeant Owen in Lancaster, California, was brutally killed, a young high schooler was photographed at a local high school wearing a shirt that read, "Shoot the Police." Emotions surfaced from anger to sadness.
Popular opinion says that because we are "no longer under law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14) our choices are no longer bound to the law...the "thou shalt nots" no longer apply; we have complete freedom. But this twisting of the truth attempts to justify sin.
I knew a pastor who instructed his worship leader to remove songs that mentioned the Holy Spirit, and another pastor who removed songs about the blood of Christ. How sad ... in their zeal to avoid charismatic excesses and offensive truths, these pastors actually quenched and grieved the Spirit.