This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching the story of Achan from Joshua 7. According to the book of Joshua, after the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho, Achan took a Babylonian robe, some silver, and a bar of solid gold. When God reveals this sin to the nation of Israel, the book of Joshua says […]Read More Old Testament Violence and the Nature of God
A prominent trend in American evangelicalism is the rise of Calvinism. While Arminianism was the dominant theological position of American Christians throughout the end of the twentieth century, Calvinism may be the dominant position in the near future. My first seminary class was taught by a Calvinist, the popular Passion Conferences are routinely headlined by […]Read More Calvinism is Not the Gospel
Words are important: Often times, the words we use reveal much about what we believe. For example, when a person calls the book of Revelation “Revelations,” I cringe. The reason is that adding the “s,” though it seems small, implies that we believe there are multiple revelations in the book of Revelation. Without the “s,” […]Read More Does Your Pastor Have an Office or a Study?
What does it take to be a successful minister? Pastors typically judge our effectiveness based upon the holy trinity of ministry success: budgets, baptisms, and bodies. The more money the church takes in, the better we feel about how we’re doing. The more people we baptize, the more the Lord approves of us. If we […]Read More Having a Successful Ministry