Don’t Hide Behind Your Giving

In my last post, I talked about taking Jesus literally when he tells us to sell everything and give to the poor.  One frustration that I have with the Christian American Dream is that sometimes we are urged, albeit unknowingly, to “hide behind your giving.” Let me explain: Some people think that giving lots of…

What do you want when you go to heaven?

The critical question for our generation — and for every generation — is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties your ever saw,…

New Blog: the (un)gospel

My friend Chuck Bergen (who blogs at Writing on the Walls) and I have launched a new blog called the (un)gospel.  Don’t let the title fool you.  It’s not heretical.  Anything but. The blog’s driving force is preaching against prosperity.  We want to counter the false, demonic prosperity with the true gospel of Jesus Christ. …

America’s Ugliest Export

Here’s a video from Christianity Today about the prosperity gospel in Africa. (If you are viewing this in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the blog to see the video.) (HT: Justin Taylor)

Preaching in Pretoria

Oh no. He’s refuting my sermon points before I even speak.  Jesus, there’s either going to be radical transformation today, or I’m going to be chased to my car.  I shouldn’t have worn flip-flops. Those were my thoughts as the service began this morning at my friend Lordwick’s church here in a South African township,…

Jesus isn’t a Genie to Do Your Bidding

I picked up this flier from a pastor near the local orphanage I volunteer at in Pretoria.  Evidently, Jesus is dishing out miracles next week in Mamelodi. *  *  * It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t link this video about the prosperity gospel.