Tithing: The 10% Rule

As long as the Christian Church is In the world, it will need money in order to accomplish its tasks. There is no shame in that; after all, even Christ himself had a treasurer (Judas Iscariot, no less!) to manage the disciples’ finances. But, like everything else in this...

Navigating Life According to God’s Thoughts

From childhood we’ve heard, “God said, let there be…” and the world came into existence. We’ve read in the Bible that He “spoke” to people and helped them when they were in trouble. We’ve heard testimonies of how God “spoke” to people concerning certain issues in their lives. These...

Economic Justice/Financial Literacy Sunday

I. Description of the Liturgical Moment For the 2000+ years of Christian history, Greek philosophy has inordinately influenced Christian theology. From Christianity’s inception, Platonic dualism has infiltrated biblical interpretation, leading to a belief that only spiritual, i.e. non-corporeal, matters were truly real. Money and finances in such interpretations were...

How Do We Follow the Bible Without Picking and Choosing?

I don’t follow everything that the Bible teaches. Neither do you. In fact, nobody follows everything in the Bible. Having said that, I care deeply about letting God speak authoritatively over my life, and one of my commitments as an evangelical Christian is to study a historically accurate Bible...

Hope in Resurrection

My struggle over the years with the abuse has not so much been with the forgiveness aspect as much as it is how to live with it and what reconciliation should look like. A big part of my struggle has been my family’s “positive” outlook on everything—more avoidance. Forgiveness...

Fighting Sin

It’s not time to rest yet. Most of us know the feeling of being all tied up inside. We get stuck in sin or just stuck in turmoil. And when we’ve tried to conquer something for a long time, it feels impossible to conquer it by ourselves. God grants...

How to Lead Someone to Christ

The Bible asks us to believe—to appropriate Christ’s finished work on the cross by trusting Him alone to save us. A woman seeking a divorce went before the judge. He asked, “On what grounds do you want a divorce?” She replied, “My husband and I own an acre and a...

The Gift

God’s plan for the world unfolds in the first few pages of the New Testament. We all like the idea of giving the perfect gift. But to find that gift, we need to take time in choosing it, and it needs to be timely. In Christ, we see both....

What Is Your Heart Worship?

A look at what it means to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. What does God’s Word tell us are appropriate songs for church worship? Let’s look at what two passages say about this. Where these guidelines stop is where we must then apply taste and good judgment....

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