Fixing Our Eyes on the End Affects the Way We Live Now

Eschatology weirds a lot of Christians out, nowadays. For the uninitiated, eschatology is the study of last things. In other words, it is the theology about how the world will end, or what happens when Christ comes back. It is a subject that historically fascinates people. There is a long history of people predicting when…

Four Truths to Ground Your Theology of Mission

As I wrote in my last post, studying missions is an important part of actually doing missions. There is a cognitive aspect to everything we do. Therefore, what we study about missions affects how we actually do missions. The Bible has a lot to say about the mission of God and the church’s role in…

It’s the Great Commission, not the “Great Obligation”

This may be hard to believe, but there was a time when most churches did not think the Great Commission applied to them. Two hundred years ago, it was common for people to read this command at the end of the gospels as one already fulfilled. In the minds of most, the command to go…

From the Archives: The Audacity of Christmas

The following is an excerpt from a previous post. Have you ever noticed that Luke’s telling of Jesus’ birth gets all the face time during Christmas? We always quote the Luke narrative in Christmas pageants and television specials. Why is that? Perhaps its because Matthew’s version gets a little gory. Hundreds of babies are slaughtered in an attempt…

Waiting for our Blessed Hope: Seeing the previews and awaiting the feature presentation

I wrote this post a couple of years ago when the final Batman movie was coming out in theaters. However, in light of another major movie event around the corner (I'm looking at you Star Wars), I thought this was an apt reminder this week as well.   It is a long 15 minutes. When the…

Worth vs. Ability: There is a difference

It is the first day of a new year, and you can tell by looking at social media. Twitter and Facebook are clogged up with quick motivational messages and reminders to make 2014 the best year of your life. These messages may be sentimental, and some are spot on. However, a constant thread runs though…