What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?

It really happened. The message of Jesus is a resurrection story. It’s not just another religious tale. This is not a myth. The way of Jesus is not a compilation of pleasant, moral teachings; it is historical. The Christian faith is not the exaggerated account and reconstructed ethics of an imaginary rabbi named Jesus; it is the result of aContinue reading “What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?”

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

I like honest conversations. And I love the fact that God’s shoulders are big enough to handle our intellectual, emotional, and theological struggles. It’s why I am so drawn to the death of Lazarus (John 11). On a holiday where billions will celebrate Jesus’ ultimate victory over death, I am reminded of the painful reality of living in theContinue reading “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Dear United States,

I love you. (I love us.) I thank God for our nation and our liberties and our diversity and our exceptional approach.  Jon Stewart is right: “This ain’t easy … America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We are fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever done. That’sContinue reading “Dear United States,”

My Prayer on Inauguration Day

I pray that Christian Democrats will give Trump the same mercy they gave Obama in the areas where his politics violate God’s righteous standard. And I pray that Christian Republicans will give Trump the same prophetic scrutiny they gave Obama. I pray for another spiritual awakening in our day. God, You oppose the proud, but give grace toContinue reading “My Prayer on Inauguration Day”

Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church

As I look at the church, I’m quite concerned about the white-washing of Jesus, the toxic absence of justice, and the potential dangers of the multicultural movement. Which is why I am so thrilled to spend the next few days with the great civil rights activist Dr. John Perkins. He lives for the biblical Jesus, true justice, and a truly multiculturalContinue reading “Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church”

Questions I’m asking while fasting

There are so many things you could do with your life. What are the few things that you should do? Filter through the many and choose the few that make sense in the light of eternity. Setting apart time at the beginning of the year to pray, fast, and reflect are powerful ways to give you spaceContinue reading “Questions I’m asking while fasting”

Smart people can be really stupid

I’ve been troubled by King Solomon this morning. He was basically the wisest man who ever lived. And yet. Solomon loved many foreign women … and his wives turned away his heart. For when he was old… (it takes a while) …his wives turned away his heart after other gods. 1 Kings 11:1-4. This isContinue reading “Smart people can be really stupid”