Are you a Christian? How do you know? Are you sure? What criteria do you use to tell if someone is a Christian or not? What are the "essential doctrines" or "fundamentals" that one must agree with and believe to be considered a true convert? And one more thing: Does the devil possess any of these … Continue reading Is Satan a Christian?
Forget What Someone Says to You When They’re Angry
"Never forget what people say to you when they're angry, that is when the truth comes out."This is a common maxim, one that we often assume is true. But is it true? Are people most honest or truthful when they are angry?The logic is that when someone is angry, their emotions run high and they … Continue reading Forget What Someone Says to You When They’re Angry
Your log, my speck… Wait, that’s not it.
Luke 6: 40-42 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother: ‘Brother, let me … Continue reading Your log, my speck… Wait, that’s not it.
The Moment of Truth [Game Show]
The Moment of Truth is a 2008/09 American TV game show whereby participants get to answer 21 questions and stand to win a grand prize of $500,000. Prior to going on the show, each participant is administered a polygraph exam. This is done by answering 50 random questions, most of which are intensely personal. 21 … Continue reading The Moment of Truth [Game Show]
The Myth of Christian Balance
This life is like a pendulum (or you can look at it as a balancing scale, if you like). We are always swinging from one extreme of a pendulum to another. As many theologians will perceptively point out, we are always either in the danger of trusting in our own ability to keep the law … Continue reading The Myth of Christian Balance
When Right Is Wrong and Good is Bad
You've probably heard this expression before. WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? It's a common expression (well, not so common these days) often used to remind someone to do the right thing. To resist temptation to son and act like Jesus. Canton Jones' song, "Stay Saved", comes to mind when I think about WWJD. In the … Continue reading When Right Is Wrong and Good is Bad
Stuck With the Gospel
I am not a very good guy. Actually, I can't even say that I am good at all. No, don't judge me by what my friends say about me. I live with me, I am in my presence 24-7. I know my heart, and I know the evil that resides there here. It is hard … Continue reading Stuck With the Gospel
Blog Break (01 Apr 13)
Hi friends. I hope you had a blessed Easter. If you don't know what's so good about Easter Friday, check this out. And if you're not so sure how the resurrection fits into your own salvation, this might help. Meanwhile, kick-start your week and month with these heart-searching reads: In WHAT SHAMES US, Tim Challies … Continue reading Blog Break (01 Apr 13)
Why Did The Blind Man Cross The Road?
Jesus: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 Christ commands His saints to be salty. He has equipped us with Himself, the ability to change the state of anyone we encounter and the taste anywhere we go. What do you need to add a salty flavor to … Continue reading Why Did The Blind Man Cross The Road?
Out of Site, Out of Mind (Adios Facebook!)
So, last week I decided to take a short hiatus from Social Media and blogging in order to refresh and catch up. I was supposed to take a month or so off. If you're among the people who noticed that I had even left, you must be wondering what I am doing back here - … Continue reading Out of Site, Out of Mind (Adios Facebook!)
The Church Bus
I think the bus is turning out to be one of my favorite classrooms in life. It happened again today, as I commuted to church this morning. We were running late and there was some traffic build up near Westlands. So, the driver decided to take a detour and pass through some back-roads to avoid … Continue reading The Church Bus
The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”
I don't recall ever hearing a sermon or reading a commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 in which the speaker or writer did not pause to speculate on what Paul's thorn could have been. Somehow, the nature of this thorn seems important to us than it was to Paul, who chose not to reveal it. It … Continue reading The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”
Unmoved by the Gospel
"Salvation belongs to the LORD." Psalm 3:8a Some words are easier said than believed, and the words above are no exception. Do we really believe that salvation belongs to the LORD, and entirely so? I am not sure I always do. What happened last week is just one of many awakening reminders. I was at … Continue reading Unmoved by the Gospel
The Cross and Hip Hop Culture
Do beliefs inform cultural expressions or do cultural expressions inform beliefs? I know that in philosophy and science, the philosophers and scientists respectively observe [externally] the life and the cultural expressions of people in order to formulate what laws, principles and beliefs inform and drive those actions. No one assumes that some of those actions, … Continue reading The Cross and Hip Hop Culture
15 Essential Facebook Attitudes
I was going through my archives of past writings and look what I just dug up! I had just joined Facebook and I was a new believer when I wrote this (2007 - one year into the faith). It still inspires me. I hope it inspires you too. 15 Essential Facebook Attitudes You and Satan … Continue reading 15 Essential Facebook Attitudes
I was a loser, drifting through this cursed planet, aimlessly weaving through broken promises. I was a proud star, scaling the heights of shattered commandments, tip-toeing across sharp pieces of broken trust. I was a loose cannon, a loud cymbal, a lost cause. Love was not a word in my life-tionary, even though it dominated … Continue reading Beautiful Mud