Yes, that’s right. Christians don’t go to heaven when they die. Allow me to explain. If you grew up in a religious background, you’ve likely grown up believing when a person dies, they either go straight to heaven or hell. A simple idea that many of us have been taught, but likely never investigated in scripture because it seemed obvious. However, if we investigate the scripture on where people go when they die, we might be surprised to find that it’s not as obvious as we’ve always been taught. Continue reading
Everyone raise your heads, open your eyes, and let us pray. Doesn’t sound too familiar does it? This probably does. Everyone bow your heads, close your eyes, and let us pray. But does scripture say you have to pray with your eyes closed? Would you ever pray with your eyes open? Continue reading
Do you know God can give you exactly what you prayed for? Do you know He’s done that with people before? Continue reading
Yep, if I drove past this sign, I’d be worshiping at this church the next Sunday (sarcasm). Continue reading
Would you remove a church member who gets drunk every weekend? Would you stop eating with a church member that steals all the time? I’m guessing some would think that was harsh. But it seems Apostle Paul teaches that’s what we should do. Continue reading
What do you get when you have 27 campuses, 8 different states, and a Bible app that’s been downloaded 100 million times? If that’s not a megachurch, I don’t know what is. Continue reading
Random believer: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship. I’m not religious.
Random atheist: Really? So you don’t believe in worshiping God?
Random believer: Wait, no, that’s not what I meant. I do worship God.
Random atheist: So you are religious, and Christianity is a religion?
Random believer: Well yes, wait, no. You’re twisting my words.
Random atheist: You seem confused. You can keep your religion and whatever relationship you’re in to yourself.
End scene. Moral of the story, changing a word doesn’t fool anybody. It’s okay to call Christianity a religion. Let’s dig deeper. Continue reading
What do the Gospels and prayer have in common? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with a J, and ends with an S. If you guessed Jesus, then you know I give really easy hints. Continue reading
Has America ever asked you to pray for “her”? Me neither. So why do we hear the phrase “pray for America”? Like it’s a sick person coughing and sneezing in need of healing. Does America breathe air and bleed blood like the rest of us? This doesn’t make sense to me as a Christian. Continue reading
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Perhaps no one can argue it’s been quite a fiery discussion in the comment section of “The Necessity of Baptism for Salvation” post. With over a 100 comments, there have been many agreements, many differences, and a few who can’t have a dialogue on a subject without belittling, condemning, and resorting to personal attacks. But as I try to do my best to show everyone through my respectful responses, our words to one another should always strive to reflect the kindness of love we are called to. Otherwise what makes us any more different than the rest of the world who when faced with something that inflames them with disagreement, they seek to tear down a person rather than engage in a respectful dialogue. Nonetheless, in the midst of all these comments I’ve reflected on a few common themes in the differences expressed on my baptism post worth addressing. Continue reading
Like me, you probably grew up being taught to listen for God’s voice as guidance to you in your life. You may have heard stories given by pastors where they talk about a situation in their life and they said “but then the Lord said to me”. Maybe you’ve had friends in life that profess to have heard from God to do certain things. But does scripture show us that God audibly speaks to us in this way? Let’s find out. Continue reading