Are You “Word Only”?

There is a phrase called “Word only” that means you believe the Holy Spirit only operates through the written Word, the Bible. People who believe this generally believe the Holy Spirit checked out in the first century when the last words of Revelation were written. I am “Word only” but not in this sense. IContinue Reading

The Danger of Unity at all Costs

We all want unity. Some are trying to hard to get it. Unity at all costs. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t change a thing. The idea is, if we can just keep from upsetting anyone, everyone will be okay. The problem is, it works exactly the opposite than that. The harder you try to keepContinue Reading

A Tiredness Rest Won’t Fix

Are any of you just tired? The kind of tired that a good long Sunday afternoon, rainy day, nap won’t cure? Now, that’s tired! It is a tiredness that seeps down into your bones, grabs hold of your energy and won’t let it go. Relentlessly tired. If you feel that way these days, you areContinue Reading

Meta-Evangelism: Psychoanalyzing Conversion

What happens when someone changes their beliefs…converts to a new religion? It is so easy to focus on what they gain when someone becomes a Christian (community, forgiveness, salvation, etc) but what can we learn about evangelism through understanding the psychological processes of grief and loss. Kubler-Ross gave us the Five Stages of Grief andContinue Reading

20 Articles and Videos on Racial History and Reconciliation in Churches of Christ

I asked Wes Crawford to write a series of posts on the history of race relations in Churches of Christ. He covers Alexander Campbell’s view on race, Marshall Keeble, and what we can do today. Very eye opening. I hope you will take 15 minutes to read these and familiarize yourself with where we haveContinue Reading

Are Churches of Christ Denominational?

You cannot set up a system of rules for everyone else and not go by them yourself. This is what we have done in Churches of Christ. A denomination has come up with rules not in the Bible. So do we. A denomination has liturgy. So do we. A denomination does things not in theContinue Reading

Chronic Anxiety in the Life of the Christian

If prayer automatically took away anxiety, we wouldn’t have any anxious people. If good advice could do it, same. So many Christians feel guilty about their anxiety. We have bought a line that says fear and faith are opposites or that worry/anxiety and faith are opposites. That just isn’t true. You can be perfectly afraidContinue Reading

Post Modernism

We were told there is no truth. That self is the ultimate. That what is true for you is true for you and what is true for me is true for me and who are we to make judgements on such things? This places us firmly in a narrative where self is the center. AsContinue Reading

What is the Core of The Gospel? The Answer Isn’t Surprising At All

What is the core of the gospel? Forgiveness of sins? Dying and going to heaven? Social justice? Doing kind things? The restoration of Israel? What is the core of the gospel? However we answer that question may say more about us than it says about the Bible. Martin Luther would have answered that a bitContinue Reading

Race in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Unity

In the Bible you will find a few racially diverse groups: JewsGentilesSamaritans Not all Jews were Jewish by race but most were. Some were Gentiles who converted but by and large the Jewish people were pretty homogeneous, racially speaking. The Gentiles are those who were not Jewish – everyone else. The nations. Among the GentilesContinue Reading

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