Archives For Christian Living

If someone’s behavior or opinion seems completely absurd to you, you could tell them they are wrong or even idiotic. You could tell them they should stop thinking that way and see things your way. Or, on the other hand, you could start by trying to understand their perspective. You could ask them friendly questions about their point of view. Actually, this is not only good advice, it is an imperative for Christian living. Here is why you need to try to understand other people’s perspectives.

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I don’t want to beat anyone over the head. I don’t want to come across as “holier than thou.” And I don’t want to debate whether or not the wine into which Jesus changed the water was alcoholic. My thoughts on how we should handle this conversation have changed a little bit over the years. I just want to share with you four reasons I don’t drink alcohol. I hope and pray these reasons might cause someone else to join me.

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When it comes to behavior choices, it seems many people are only asking one question, “Is it wrong?” Questions like, is it wrong to gamble? Is it wrong to smoke? Is it wrong to have one beer? Is it wrong to dance? Or even, is it wrong to skip Wednesday night Bible study? While the question, “Is it wrong?” certainly has its place, we need to consider the fact that there are other questions which need to be asked as well.

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The apostle Paul wrote quite a bit about baptism in his letters, but his letters weren’t written to non-Christians needing to be persuaded to be baptized. His letters were written to Christians, people who had already been baptized. So why would Paul teach already baptized people about baptism? He was admonishing them to live out their baptisms, or the implications of their baptism, in their daily life. What does that mean and how do we “live out” our baptism? Here are a few thoughts to consider.

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The Bible has much to say concerning helping the poor. Proverbs 28:27 says the person who hides his eyes to poverty, “will get many a curse.” But we are quick to argue, “Yeah, but doesn’t the Bible also say, ‘If a man won’t work, neither should he eat.” So how much should Christians give to the poor? When should we give to the poor? What is our responsibility? This issue may be more important than you think.

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When I hear someone talk about “confessing sin,” the first thought that comes to mind is someone – who has committed some major indiscretion – responding publicly at the end of a sermon. There is a time and place for that type of confession. However, what is even more important is the ordinary, day-to-day, informal confession of sin to one another. Sadly, I’m afraid this is almost non-existent in the lives of many Christians. And the fact that many are not confessing sin to one another should concern us in the church.

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It wasn’t too many years ago that I was a young unmarried Christian man and I got plenty of advice from older, well-meaning Christians. Most of that advice was fantastic; but unfortunately, I completely ignored almost all of it. I was embarrassed and even offended when it was offered to me. So I’m hoping there are some young Christians who are wiser than I was and are willing to listen to advice from a slightly older brother in Christ about dating.

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Some people think the goal of evangelism is simply to grow a congregation; as long as pews are filling up, they believe the goal of evangelism is being achieved. For others, it’s all about baptisms; as long as people are being baptized, the goal of evangelism is being achieved. Don’t get me wrong, baptisms and “church growth” are certainly good things, but these could absolutely be in vain if we do not understand the primary goal of evangelism.

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I’m just going to say it flat out, the Lord’s church should NOT be segregated. The church isn’t supposed to be segregated by skin color, age, economics, or anything else. But far too often we choose to segregate ourselves into separate congregations and even into separate and distinct groups within the same congregation. Here are a few thoughts on resolving the problem of segregation in the church.

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My entire life I have heard this saying, “Speak where the Bible speaks; be silent where the Bible is silent,” or phrases very similar. I have heard this phrase lauded, I have heard it ridiculed, and I have heard it misused. Recently, a reader of this blog asked me to address this phrase and what it really means. I would love to do just that.

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