The 1 Thing You Can do to Love God

Jesus summarized the entire Law in two statements: Love God with your entire being, and love others as if they were part of your entire being. Israel put the most effort into showing their love for God. That commandment came first, and it formed the core of their religious practice. “Hear, O Israel: The...

Taxes and Tithes: A Fresh Look

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” This is one of those statements that is familiar even to people who don’t know the Bible. It’s commonly used to support the proper and separate roles of government and religion and that it is our Christian duty to...

Accepting All of Christ

What does it mean to “accept Christ”? What are we asking a person to do? Traditionally this has involved believing as true certain things about Jesus: that he is the Son of God and thus divine himself; that he was born of a virgin; that he died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected from the dead;...

Persecuted—or Just Whiny?

A few years ago I attended a pastor’s roundtable luncheon with about a dozen other pastors. We would meet 3-4 times a year, have fellowship, enjoy a nice meal in a private room at a nice restaurant, and then have a discussion on some topic related to the contemporary church. This particular luncheon was a...

“Pure in Heart”–But Not Perfect

I once had a conversation with a friend who told me, quite seriously, that the first humans had photographic memories, had an endless supply of energy, required little to no sleep, and lived for centuries. It was only after the Fall that our memories started to fade, our energy lagged, we started needing...

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