10,000 Children

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10,000.

That’s the number of children whose sponsors abandoned them because of World Vision’s (temporary) change in hiring policy. 10,000 alleged followers of Christ believed it would be better to break their covenants and ignore our prime directive—love your neighbor—than it would be to work alongside gays.

My heart breaks for the state of Jesus’ church.

I know I’m a bit late to be posting about this. The controversy has come and gone. World Vision’s decision has been reversed. Some sponsors have returned. But not all of them.

Thousands of children are still without a sponsor right now, thanks to our “Christian” generosity.

Now we all have two choices. We can complain about the state of the church—so bent on fighting the culture wars yet so lacking in love. Or we can step up and be the church Christ intended.

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed by Austin Fischer (Book Review)

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m not a Calvinist. (I’m pretty far from it.) But what you may not know is that I used to be one.

I didn’t just have Calvinistic beliefs—I was a fighting apologist for Calvinism. I remember one evening when a debate with friends over Calvinism lasted a good eight hours! Thankfully, those and other non-Calvinist friends had a lot of patience with me, and I gradually came to see the light.

So I can see a lot of my own story in Austin Fischer’s Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism.

This book is much more than an argument against Calvinism. It’s really an examination of how and why we do theology.

Should Christians Eat Meat?

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I’ve been noticing a number of Christians recently who have decided to stop eating meat. While some may dismiss this as a fad, there are actually some compelling theological reasons for Christian vegetarianism. The topic is something I’ve been thinking about, and I’d like to flesh out my thoughts to invite feedback from either side.

Full disclosure: I love meat! I can’t imagine giving up bacon if I didn’t have to. I’ve at times said (mostly joking) that Genesis 9:3 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. However, if I were to become convinced that eating meat is not God’s best for us, I do believe I would attempt to give it up.

Benefit of the Doubt by Greg Boyd (Book Review)

Benefit of the Doubt

[Jesus said,] “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39–40, NIV)

We believers face a constant temptation. We so easily gravitate toward seeking life from things other than Jesus Christ.

In his most recent book, Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty, Greg Boyd asks Christians to consider what we go to for our life. He suggests that many believers are seeking life from their own feeling of certainty.

What Can Growing a Beard Teach Us About Grace?

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There’s an age-old debate in Christian circles. How can it be that salvation is entirely an act of God’s grace when, at the same time, humans have a responsibility to respond?

One proposed solution has been to claim that humans don’t really have a say in the matter. God “graciously” allows only certain people to trust in him. But I simply cannot square this view with what I read in Scripture.

Another idea is that Jesus only made salvation possible, but we still have to work to earn it. This view, similarly, runs afoul of Scripture’s teaching that we can’t earn our own salvation.