Tullian’s Recent Resignation and the Mega-Church Pastor: Have We Learned Anything?

The story came out not too long ago, but news has spread that Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has resigned due to “moral failure.” He claims, in the article, that his wife had been involved in adultery, which led him to be involved in an “inappropriate” relationship himself. His wife seems toContinue reading “Tullian’s Recent Resignation and the Mega-Church Pastor: Have We Learned Anything?”

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Celebrity Christianity and Modern Culture: 1 Corinthians 3 Applied Today

I’d be tempted to say “our culture today,” but it seems as if the ancients were not too different than us “moderns,” at least when it comes to socio-cultural issues. For instance, “our culture today” is obsessed with the celebrity culture. I mean obsessed. If you disagree, consider how much time most people spend on socialContinue reading “Celebrity Christianity and Modern Culture: 1 Corinthians 3 Applied Today”

Desiring God in the Midst of Suffering: Doing the Impossible

Have you ever wanted something so bad that there was absolutely no price that was too high for it? Perhaps, you’ve even sold your soul for it. Maybe it’s resulted in broken relationships, loss of trust, or whatever else is deemed to be valuable. Is that kind of desire possible with God as the object? CanContinue reading “Desiring God in the Midst of Suffering: Doing the Impossible”

Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories

In recent times, the construct of “religion vs relationship” has been widely and commonly accepted among evangelical Christians. A good example of this is the YouTube video by Jefferson Bethke that went completely viral about a year ago, called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” (this post isn’t about him, as he’s made clear of hisContinue reading “Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories”

Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge: Fine Distinctions or False Dichotomies?

It is commonly assumed that there are two kinds of knowledge when it comes to the Christian faith: head knowledge and heart knowledge. “Head knowledge” is often associated with knowledge limited to the level of information, without any practical implications or impact in someone’s life. On the other hand, “heart knowledge” is associated with thatContinue reading “Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge: Fine Distinctions or False Dichotomies?”

Trials as Tests: Why God Allows Suffering Sometimes

Job is one of the most intriguing books in the Bible. Think about it: Job was this super-righteous man whom God was able to brag to Satan about. Do you think your life is such that God would brag to Satan about how righteous you are? Those are some tough shoes to wear. But then, all of aContinue reading “Trials as Tests: Why God Allows Suffering Sometimes”

Reading as a Primary Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Last time, I wrote briefly on what spiritual warfare really entails: our minds. To clarify, I’m referring to our minds as the instrument we use to think, discern, evaluate, ponder, contemplate, believe, and even know. It is the vehicle which we contains our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. It is not diametrically opposed to the heart,Continue reading “Reading as a Primary Weapon for Spiritual Warfare”

Spiritual Warfare and 2 Cor 10:4-6: Weapons of Destruction

Recently I was asked a question regarding spiritual warfare, specifically about something someone said and what the Bible says about it (can I be any more vague?). Specifically, this person was told to pray over various rooms in the house to be protected from demons and Satan, and they (nowadays “they” is used as an ambiguousContinue reading “Spiritual Warfare and 2 Cor 10:4-6: Weapons of Destruction”

Should I Give Money to the Homeless Guy so He Could Buy Booze and Drugs?

I was walking around Venice Beach years ago on a Saturday afternoon, where the strand was busy with all sorts of “interesting” people. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean. I noticed one guy particularly on this occasion, sitting on the ground against a building–it looked like he may have been homeless–whoContinue reading “Should I Give Money to the Homeless Guy so He Could Buy Booze and Drugs?”

Christians and Tipping: Glorifying God at the Restaurant

For a helpful blog post on Christians and tipping, read this by Trevin Wax. I used to work as a server in a restaurant for a number of years, helping to pay my way through school. For those who’ve worked in a restaurant, particularly as a server, you get to see what people are really like, and especiallyContinue reading “Christians and Tipping: Glorifying God at the Restaurant”