It’s fairly common to talk with non-Christian friends who may, even in passing, say they struggle to believe any religion because they’re “fact-based” people (or something … Continue reading How Should I Respond to My “Fact-Based” Friends?
The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones is a difficult book to summarize briefly. It’s essentially a history book and it has a ton of research data. I’m not much for formal reviews anymore. I did that during seminary, and I’m glad those days are over. But here are a few thoughts. This book is from 2016, and it was released before President Trump was elected. It’s a book about, well, white Christians in America. What is “White Christian America”? The author uses the term to describe the domain (think realm or even kingdom) of white Protestants in … Continue reading Review: The End of White Christian America
An updated version of Acts 14:19-23: But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of … Continue reading What if Paul Planted Churches Like We Do Today?
Almost half of millennials who say they follow Jesus believe it’s wrong to evangelize. That is, they believe it’s wrong to tell other people who do not follow Jesus about the Jesus they follow. This is according to a new study released by Barna, Christianity Today reported last week. Barna found that 47% of practicing Christian millennials agreed that “it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” Not scary or difficult or intimidating. Wrong. Compare this to 22% of Gen X, 19% of … Continue reading What Is Evangelism, Anyway?
The first prayer-proper in the Psalms (Ps. 3) is a not a praise or thanksgiving. It’s a cry for help, “O Lord, how many are my … Continue reading The Gift of Enemies
If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day, God has seemed distant. What I’ve learned over the years of walking with Jesus (and I’m … Continue reading When God Seems Distant