I used to be a youth pastor. And one of the most significant events on any youth ministry's calendar is the annual lock-in. They take a ton of prep work and team building, but the intense teaching, prayer and sharing time can have an incredible impact on the students who attend. I remember one time at one… Continue reading App Recommendation: PrayerMate
How many Persons are in the Godhead? Three! Who are the Persons in the Godhead? The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove.… Continue reading Catechism Qs 3-4
Is there more than one true God? No! Israel, listen to me. The Lord is our God. The Lord is the one and only God. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIrV) I wanted you to understand that I am the one and only God. Before me, there was no other god at all. And there will not be any god… Continue reading Catechism Q2: Is there more than one true God?
I just had the opportunity to speak with Nick, an advocate for the Homosexual/Bisexual/Transgender movement, right here in downtown Naperville. I heard him approaching other passers-by, asking if they had a minute to discuss "trans rights." Nick was recruiting for the Human Rights Campaign--an organization on the forefront of the push to redefine nearly… Continue reading My Encounter with an LGBT Revolutionary
The Egyptians did it. The Jews definitely did it. Babylonians? Yep. They did it too. Same goes for the Greeks and Romans. Even the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans did it. What do all these ancient civilizations have in common? They all had their own religious systems. And those religious systems all involved sacrifices. And those sacrifices were offered by… Continue reading Overcoming (Ancient) Objections: Christianity Is False, Because It Has No Priestly System
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than… Continue reading #148
#UAskIAnswer is a series of answers to questions raised (mainly) by the students of the Pointe and Momentum, Grace Pointe Plainfield's student ministries. For the rest of the series, check it out over at The Youth Room. I am continuing the series here on my pastoral blog. I was asked recently whether I think terrorism… Continue reading #UAskIAnswer 11: Will Terrorism Ever Stop?
By now, you know that "50 Shades of Grey" is going to be arriving in theaters. What do we make of this? I, for one, have been encouraged by how the Reformed and Evangelical worlds has responded to this film's release. For two high-quality pieces, click here and here. For all I could say (and… Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About “50 Shades of Grey?”
An alignment of three sources of inspiration in my life has got me thinking about the subject of blood sacrifice. The first source of inspiration is the Bible. I'm studying Leviticus 16--in which the Lord gives His prophet Moses the instructions for the high priest to follow atone for Israel's sins. The annual holiday (read: holy-day) on… Continue reading Blood Sacrifice in Radical Islam