Singing the Cross

Singing the Cross

MANILA — A few days ago, I retweeted this quote from theologian and New Testament scholar Gordon Fee: “Show me a church’s music, and I’ll show you their theology.” The sobering implication is this: your church’s theology will more closely mirror the music you sing...
Light in the Dark Ages

Light in the Dark Ages

NASHVILLE. Many Christians look at our modern world of brutal terrorists, corrupt politicians, crumbling economies, decaying morals, compromising churches, and broken families and conclude that a new Dark Age is upon us. Maybe they’re right and we’re...
In Light of Grace, Does Obedience Matter?

In Light of Grace, Does Obedience Matter?

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. (I wrote this blog a couple of weeks while visiting ourEvery Nation church in NM.) Does the doctrine of grace nullify the law? Does God still expect us to at least attempt to obey His word? The way some people preach grace today makes it seem...
Pride

Pride

NASHVILLE. Good to be back in the office writing the final chapter of my parenting book, after ten productive days in South Africa and Nigeria. The wholehearted full volume African worship made my otherwise exuberant home churches (Victory Manila and Bethel Brentwood)...
When God Seems Far Away

When God Seems Far Away

Sometimes the brutal honesty of prayers recorded in the Bible make my prayers seem shallow and sanitized. Exhibit A: Psalm 22. Verse 1. “My God, my God, why have you FORSAKEN me? Why are you so FAR from saving me?” There is more raw emotion than religious...