Churches dealing with hard topics and situations has been the norm for the Christian church from the beginning. It's imperative for congregations to strike a balance in love and wisdom regarding how to handle people who threaten to weaken an assembly with their sinful behavior. This is what I learned from Corinth's challenges. In 1… Continue reading Whether it’s church discipline or forgiveness, it should be about love
Gretta Vosper, the minister of West Hill United Church in Toronto who made headlines for coming out as atheist, is planning to start a congregation for atheists in February 2017. Her decision comes months after a committee with the United Church of Canada deemed her unfit to serve as minister of their "Christian" church. But the… Continue reading Atheist minister of Toronto “Christian” church to start nonbeliever congregation
If you were to buy into recent headlines regarding Christianity without knowing God's word, it might just send you into a state of panic. Headlines such as "U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion at Low Point" or "Ex-Pastor Turned American Atheist Director Tells How She Lost Faith" can really bring on fear, doubt, or other negative… Continue reading Christianity in crisis, but reports of its death are grossly exaggerated
You've probably heard the story by now about Chad Holtz, the United Methodist pastor who was removed for his views on hell. Holtz claims after he posted entries on Facebook and personal blog about his doubting a literal hell, the congregants at Marrow's Chapel United Methodist Church in Henderson, N.C. asked him to resign his… Continue reading A pulpit, a pastor, and a hellacious controversy
Confessing one's sins is a religious ritual that dates back to commandments under Mosaic law (Leviticus 5:1-5; Numbers 5:6-7). It was also part of John the Baptist's ministry (Mark 1:5). James 5:16 tells us "[c]onfess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man… Continue reading Reluctance to confess my faults
Earlier tonight I watched ABC's 20/20 news story on "Preacher Predators." It was truly sad to see how many men placed in positions of power in protestant churches are abusing children, but it didn't surprise me. This is what happens when we put men on pedestals and why the scriptures teach us that no one… Continue reading Beware of predators disguised as preachers
I just read the controversial Christianity Today article entitled "Day of Reckoning" about Calvary Chapel today. When I read the part about the lawsuit and countersuit over assets for the Calvary Satellite Network, it brought two scriptures to mind: "And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide… Continue reading I’ll see you in court, my fellow Christian!
"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ...… Continue reading A little leaven leavens the whole lump