Category Archives: religion

Sometimes love loses . . .

Love wins has become a popular slogan. However, love doesn’t always win. Sometimes love loses. Love loses when bullying becomes a political strategy. Love loses when a child in the womb is viewed as an object to be killed and disposed … Continue reading

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Beyond shame & guilt (without depending on denial)

Without remorse, regret, and repentance for our wrongful thoughts, rhetoric, and actions; our self-righteousness retains us in resistance to and rebellion against God and His call to right living. Meanwhile we reach out for mindless diversion in entertainment and/or superficial … Continue reading

Posted in Christian spirituality, denial, entertainment, forgiveness, godly sorrow, guilt, how to overcome guilt, humility, overcome guilt, Presbyterian, rebellion, rebellion against God, religion, religious ceremonies, seek God's face, seek ye first, seeker model, seekers, seeking God, shame, spiritual formation, spirituality, tears, Uncategorized, wickedness, wrongful behavior | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The separation of church and hate

The separation of church and hate (and/or political-correctness-warriors and hate) requires speaking the truth in love.  Hate is not based on truth. It is built on deception, denial, disappointment, dishonesty, misunderstanding, pride, prejudice, anger, hurt, impulse, irrationality, and/or insecurity. Speaking … Continue reading

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John Doe Ministries (Is that biblical?)

Why do some ministers (even some God-anointed preacher’s and teachers) name “ministries” for themselves? That common practice in modern-day independent ministry doesn’t appear to be biblical. I can’t find an “Apostle Paul Ministries” or a “Philip the Evangelist Ministries” or even a … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, call to ministry, deny yourself, focus of ministry, fund raising, giving, Jesus' name, Just give me Jesus, ministry, ministry showcase, one man ministry, outreach ministry, Paul, Paul of Tarsus, Peter, preaching, religion, religious TV, seed faith, self-promotion, sowing and reaping, sowing into ministry, state of religion, Uncategorized, work of the ministry | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How many sermons does it take to make a person pure?

Christ-followers are called to be pure and holy! That’s not easy to do when seductive media is so readily accessible and overflowing with negativity, disrespect, vulgarity, adultery, nudity, profanity, and worse. Have all the sermons that we have heard (and … Continue reading

Posted in church, church fathers, church government, city council meeting, early church, ekklesia, evangelism, God's government, government, on earth as it is in heaven, Origen, religion, spiritual formation, spiritual transformation, testimonies, Thom Schultz, transformation, Uncategorized, Walk by the Spirit | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faces shining with Christ

Is Church Missing Angelic Faces? The backs of people’s heads are really boring, But faces lit up by God are spiritually soaring. So why does church sit people facing forward in perfect rows And weekly have the same man show … Continue reading

Posted in Acts 6:15, angelic faces, campus fellowship, campus outreach, church furniture, face of an angel, halo, Nashville, religion, Salvation Army, Salvation Army church, stoning of Stephen, Tennessee, Uncategorized, we all with open face | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s “good” about “Good Friday”?

What’s “good” about “Good Friday”? –Between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, Jesus was dead for hours. Now He’s alive forever! –Christ died on “Good Friday” to make a way for us to move beyond our guilt and shame by being … Continue reading

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