Tag: love

Marry to love

If there’s one thing people these days tend to agree on about marriage, it’s that it is best done for love. Many people would go even further and say that marriage is only right for love. I’ve argued against this kind of view somewhat in my last podcast. But I can imagine how someone could Read More

To be like Jesus, be despised but not despicable.

“Jesus said we would be despised.” I hear Christians say this all the time. Usually it comes in the context of offering controversial opinions based on the Bible or Christian tradition. And technically they are correct. Jesus did tell the disciples that His followers would be ridiculed, persecuted, and hated for His sake. But… This Read More

To Brielle

There is a girl I know whose middle name is “Stinkin’.” Well, not exactly. That’s just what I always interject into her name. It’s not cruel or mean, you see, but simply one of those things you pick up by being friends with someone through high school. I’m sure most of you have given or Read More

Drowning depravity in God’s love with furry bats

I have just finished Ted Dekker’s Circle series for the second time in my life (the first was many years ago). If you’re not familiar with it, it is a pretty worthy entry in the realm of Christian fantasy. Like a surprising percentage of Christian fantasy, it involves two parallel realities with the main character, Read More

Jesus will judge Joe’s salvation, so you don’t have to.

Stop it. Stop trying to discern who is “really” saved and who isn’t. I say this as a simple message I’ve slowly learned from reading Scripture. Simply put: there is never a Biblical command or┬ápermission for us as individuals in the Church to make decisions about whether other individuals in┬áthe Church are actually Christians or Read More