The Psychology of Modesty

When I was in graduate school at the University of Florida I did a lot of work with children who had disruptive and extreme attention seeking behaviors. One thing we taught parents is that when children try to get their parents’ attention through negative attention seeking behaviors they are to be ignored. Once the child […]

Living Out Jesus’ Mission (Luke 4)

In Luke 4 we find the following story, Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the […]

Responsibility Crisis Among Christians

We have a major responsibility crisis as the body of Christ. For a long time we have referred to this dilemma as the 90/10 rule (90% of the work is done by 10% of the people). The head of the body has asked for us to get some things done but not all the parts […]

Evangelism – Answering the Wrong Questions

Too long we have tried to answer the wrong questions when it comes to evangelism. People have tried to come up with a system of questions that will result in the logical conclusion that Jesus is Lord. I have seen many different versions of the old circle yes or no on the following statements (with […]

America’s Perceptions of Christians – Breaking the Mold

There are so many agendas and so many people who try to define others that some times it is easy to forget who you really are. People think that if you are a Christian then there are specific things you believe politically. If you are a Christian you are expected to be a hypocrite and […]

The Secret to Christian Unity

In 1985 it was estimated that there were 22,000 Christian denominations with 5 new ones forming each week. If those numbers held true we should be at about 28,000 today. I am not sure how those numbers were arrived at or what constituted one church being different from another to count as separate denominations but […]

In Remembrance of Me – 1 Cor 11

One of our primary ways of remembering Jesus is done in the Lord’s Supper. Even more central to worship than our preaching is the Supper. During the Lord’s Supper it is not unusual to read sections of 1 Corinthians 11. Paul begins the chapter by talking about problems that have arisen during the Corinthians’ partaking […]

Raising Expectations – Evangelism & Equipping

I heard this from Lynn Stringfellow, campus minister of the Bay Area church of Christ in Tampa, FL. When they do a Bible study they don’t do them one on one. They do them two on one. One person takes the lead and another person is in training. I am sure he is not the […]

Termites and Whitewashed Tombs

As I type this I can hear hammering behind me. We have some carpenters replacing a header over a window that had been eaten by termites some time in the past. We had no idea until we went to replace that window that the structure of the home had been compromised. The outside looked great! […]