The Dangers of Church Discipline

One of my readers, commenting on a post I wrote about grace and nonjudmentalism, wrote, “How about writing a little about the difference between forgiveness and indulgence. What does biblical discipline, rebuke and reproof look like for believers in the church?” It’s a legitimate issue. I’ve said many times...

The Significance of Saturday

Today is Saturday. It’s the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Does today have a name? Easter Eve? Easter Saturday? No, apparently that’s the Saturday after Easter. Even if it has a name, no one that I know does anything religious on it. A lot of churches have Maundy Thursday services, and a...

Racism and the Lord’s Supper

In his book, Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson writes, Shortly after being installed as the twentieth pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon in November of 1954 titled “Transformed Nonconformist.” “The Christian is called upon not to be like...

Las Vegas and Our Culture of Violence

Note: This is adapted from a 2015 article I wrote after the massacre of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church. Sadly, I didn’t have to change much to adapt it. Once again we are reeling in the aftermath of another mass killing, the worst one in U.S. history. As usual, we also have to listen to the...

If Surrendering to God is a Biblical Concept, Why Isn’t it in the Bible?

We’ve all heard sermons and lectures about surrendering to God. We’ve sat through plenty of Sunday School lessons about surrendering to God. There are books about surrendering to God. We sing songs about surrendering to God: “I Surrender All.” It’s in our religious vocabulary. Surrender your life to Jesus....

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