Joy: Keeping a Check on Your Attitude

This past Sunday, I continued my month-long series through Philippians on the topic of joy. For the sermon, I looked at 2:1-18—a rather lengthy chunk, and focused on the idea of having joy by living in the humility of Christ. In that passage, Paul calls us to be unified and to be servants. These things […]

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Calling

Pull up a chair, wipe the sweat off your forearms so you don’t stick to the furniture, and listen to me whine for a while.  Vent.  Whatever. We’ve recently transferred from one job to another.  To be honest, I welcomed it.  We’ve long believed that God had something else for us, a new way to […]

Where Ted Cruz’s Christian Supporters Get It Wrong

To put it mildly, as a group my circle of Christian friends lists to the right.  In their views, Palin is a political goddess, lazy people use Welfare, Ferguson wasn’t about race.  And Senator Ted Cruz is a rock star. On September 10, at the In Defense of Christians meeting in Washington, D.C., Cruz addressed […]

It Takes One to Know One: Evangelical Media and the Plague of Adolescent Discourse (Joel Rainey)

Joel Rainey leads the Engagement Team for Evangelism and Missions at the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network. He is on the adjunct faculty of two seminaries,and the author of three books. He blogs at Themelios, where this was originally posted last week.   “Duck Dynasty star on Muslims: ‘Convert them or kill them,’” read the headline of Jonathan […]

Spanking, Abuse and Modern Families

Those who take the Bible as the authoritative, inerrant Word of God are caught between a rock and a hard place: The Rock:    Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the […]

How (Much) to Pay the Preacher

In the discussions this week of the pastor’s housing allowance there was a constant refrain of criticism of pastors who make too much money. William has raised this from time to time because some highly paid pastors have used the housing allowance to provide multi-million dollar homes and to even try to buy vacation homes […]