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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Can you lose your salvation? (Part 2)

Many folks struggle with the concept of eternal security, the idea that if you're saved, you're always saved. Just as it is with every other teaching, it's quite legitimate to ask the question, "Is this doctrine biblical?"

Regarding eternal security, the answer is yes. If a person has been saved by God, that person will always be His child and will spend eternity as a co-heir with Christ (see Romans 8:17).

When engaging in conversation about a subject as important as this one, it's important that positive and negative approaches are both saturated with biblical insight and wisdom. Because there is a time to go on offense and time to go on defense, this topic will be discussed in two parts. First, I played offense and asked seven questions that may cause the other side of this argument to question his belief in maintaining salvation. Now I'll go on defense and answer some common objections to eternal security of the believer.