What do you do when two Christians disagree over relatively minor points of theology? I love talking theology. I love talking about it passionately! If you’ve studied Scripture for any length of time, you probably have loads of questions for God—questions the Bible doesn’t explicitly answer; hence, all the debate! Speculating and reasoning about theology
“What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?” Wyatt Earp asked. “A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it,” Doc Holliday replied. “What does
Have you ever noticed that when people panic, they stop thinking clearly? I remember making a short film with some high school friends. We were shooting in a dry field at the edge of a forest. As the director set up his camera, I got bored and started a teeny tiny fire with a handful
C. S. Lewis once said, “Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others.” You don’t have to agree with Lewis’s eschatology to know that grumbling is ungodly. Sad to say, James had to warn his readers against it—providing us with another “one another” command: Therefore be patient, brothers and sisters, until the
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking
Two theologians were debating a passage of Scripture when the first one quoted a famous scholar supporting his position. “I don’t care about what he believes,” the other replied. “I care about what I believe!” You have your beliefs. So do I. We all do. Millions. About all manner of subjects. That is perfectly normal.
If social media has revealed anything about people, it’s that we can disagree on just about anything. And worse, we are quick to write each other off over those quibbles! Sadly, that is often true of the church, too. We disagree, fight, and break fellowship over the tiniest issues. But it shouldn’t be that way!
In a classic scene from The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Inspector Clouseau walks into a German hotel and notices a small dog by the counter. “Does your dog bite?” he asks the hotelier. “No,” the old man answers. When Clouseau goes to pet the dog, it viciously attacks him and tries to chew off his
Jesus came to save you as a member of a family, as part of a body, called out to live as a member of the church. And you express church life through a “thick” community. Frankly, I find it hard to connect with people at church. Sunday mornings are not set up for developing deep
God meant the Christian life to be lived in community. It doesn’t always work out that way. Christians can be imprisoned, confined to a hospital bed, or live alone in a hostile country without an opportunity to meet with other believers. If that is you, I’m not here to make you feel guilty about being