Hi-hi! This is just a short reminder that the ministry is alive and well on both Facebook and Twitter! There are several ways to connect: (1) the buttons near the top of the right-hand column of the main web page (2) Mike’s page on Facebook itself (3) Mike’s Twitter feed Don’t be shy to join in and/or share. As I’ve… Continue reading Social Media Reminders
…why aren’t we, as Christians, more concerned with decisions that are clearly ethical, rather than eager to discern who’s more (counter-)culturally agreeable?
We’ve all been there: a friendly question turns into a pointed question; a well-meaning discussion turns into a heated argument. Words flow like a dam-burst, and the damage might as well be subject to an agency for interpersonal disaster relief. But what if we could prevent the cracks in the dam in the first place?… Continue reading The Danger of “Prooftexting”
…a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and… Continue reading The Islamic Samaritan
“Which translation are you using?” Such a question is so common in some Christian circles that we may be getting used to glossing over the controversy behind it. In the question lay a whole host of potential motives, motives none of us can predict flawlessly. One motive might be to more closely follow the example… Continue reading Love-Motivated Translation
…is the person we become. Without hesitation, I need to say that no examples here are meant out of anything but love, and a heavy concern for those who follow the very same Jesus with me. And I have taken many steps to ensure that what I say now is measured against myself, so that… Continue reading The God We Worship…
‘For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.’ – Ps. 61:5 This post is a little different than most. I simply felt the desire to express some thoughts on the verse above. I do at least a decent amount of Scripture reading, but this… Continue reading A Holy Heritage
Yes, it’s true. God, through the school, bestowed a commission of what I can only describe as glory, and for that I am extremely grateful. I saw colleagues whom I had worked with, professors who remembered me even after years of absence, friends who somehow were graduating on the same exact day as me. The experience was full and joyous. But the call to graduate is a call to worthiness and is therefore, by-definition, not necessarily a pleasurable one.
Lord, have mercy: This is going to be very controversial.
Can I just ask a question? Just one question. Why are Christians called to do good things? Most of us have a pretty good understanding of what doing good things is not supposed to do: save us, earn a justified place in living with God, etc. But what are good things supposed to do, instead? I’ve only… Continue reading Why Not Revenge?
When is a church not a “church”? When it’s by itself…
… I believe Characteristic #1 of the Present-Generation Church is “Ecumenical.” Those in my generation, mostly, see a great need to find common ground, a strong yearning for the fruit of a whole vine. Jesus was always sharing meals with people; even the ones society around Him thought were detestable, and would contaminate a person. Well, might I say that there’s no larger or better banquet than a potluck.
The excuse of not wanting to provide and pay for healthcare to others now, when it has been possible for so long, is much like a parent being reunited to their child, only to have the parent say, “I don’t want to be their parent now. It’s much too late.”