Friday, September 22, 2017

The biggest reason people don't feel close to God

Feelings are a funny thing.

One day, life is as good as it could ever be. Endorphins are running free in your body as you smell fresh air and see sunshine everywhere you look.

The next day, life is awful. You hurt, the air is stale, and all is gloomy.

Whether right or wrong, the feelings you have at any given moment can affect your thinking, relationships, and (unfortunately) your walk with God. So feelings aren't just funny -- they're powerful.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stop inviting the Holy Spirit to your church

Discernment-related articles are often controversial. After all, a discerning person will call some things "bad" that others might call "good" -- and vice-versa. These articles also tend to attract more readers due to the controversial nature of the content.

So, if you're new to the website: You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.

Whoops, I got ahead of myself.

There is a lot to say on the subject of inviting the Holy Spirit into a church service. I will do my best to keep my thoughts succinct and to the point. In order to lay a bit of a foundation for this conversation, though, it would be helpful for you to check out the video below.

If you want to get to the point, you can jump to the 5:14 mark and watch for a couple of minutes. If you'd like to start at the beginning or skip the whole thing, that works too.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Free Resource Friday: A Bible Test for Mormons

As many of you know, I am a pastor in Utah. Consequently, I have a lot of conversations with Latter-Day Saints about religion. These conversations -- like most evangelistic conversations -- range from shallow rabbit trails to deep, impactful exchanges.

Since the same topics come up in these dialogues with those of the Mormon persuasion, I put together a quick Bible test for them. (It could also function as a cheat sheet for Christians when they find themselves in conversation.) You can check it out by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Am I a Calvinist?


Sovereignty.
Free will.
Election.
Predestination.
Choice.
Calling.
Foreknowledge.
Calvinism.
Arminianism.

Every Christian bumps up against these terms on a regular basis and must choose how to interpret each one of them. Unfortunately, believers often discuss the terms without defining them. This inevitably leads to confusion, talking past one another, heated debate, and ego inflation. It's all just a taste of what the seminary classroom is like.

Christians evolve in their interpretations of the paradox of God's involvement in salvation and man's choice in it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What if God doesn't give me a salary?

This article is written with a very specific group of people in mind. I often avoid writing to such a niche, but this topic has been on my mind for awhile now and I've been needing to get my thoughts out. Nevertheless, I hope that all Christian readers can get something out of this. Before I begin, some introduction is required.

The group to whom I write: Christians who desire to be in vocational ministry

Definition of vocational ministry: An occupation consisting of service in a church or parachurch organization as the main source of income for an individual