This one is a doozy. It's common, but it is absolutely not an accurate statement. The verse used to justify this sentiment is 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation… Continue reading 1 Corinthians 10:13
What do these verses really mean? We humans have a habit of manipulating facts to support what we believe or think. It happens on a daily basis lately--all over the news, social media, and in lively confrontations conversations with friends and acquaintances. It's bad enough when facts are cherry-picked to "prove" a position on social… Continue reading Misunderstood, misapplied, and misused
John 6:66-71 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus… Continue reading What Jesus?
One of the criticisms of the evangelical, mission-minded Church is that people go into other countries with the intent to share the gospel and then change the culture and social structure of that community. It is a legitimate critique. But Paul reprimanded the Apostles, naming Peter specifically, saying that forcing cultural change on new believers… Continue reading Jesus culture is multicultural
There can be no question that Western culture stands on the precipice of an anti-Christian era. Many people, particularly in academia, have already dismissed Christianity as a nonsense philosophy that is dangerous to democracy. Incorrect assumptions abound, particularly regarding Jesus and the gospel. The assumptions are sometimes based in how people in the Church act… Continue reading Why grace as default?