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...
Pondering the Meaning of Life

Pondering the Meaning of Life

MANILA. Yesterday, at over one-hundred worship services in fifteen Victory Manila venues, we started a sermon series about the ultimate meaning of life based on the Book of Ecclesiastes. Dozens of Victory preachers asked some deep questions and hopefully provided some...
Grace is Supposed to Change Us

Grace is Supposed to Change Us

MANILA. It seems like the doctrine of God’s grace is being preached, taught, blogged, and tweeted more than ever. That’s a good thing. But sometimes what is being preached, taught, blogged, and tweeted about grace is misunderstood, misapplied, and...
God is Holy, Sin is Costly, Idolatry is Offensive

God is Holy, Sin is Costly, Idolatry is Offensive

I read Leviticus on my recent Manila to Nashville flight and tweeted a 140 character summary. Now, a few weeks later, I’m not sitting in the Atlanta airport about to board My Delta flight to South Africa. Here’s my quick summary of the twenty-seven...
Creativity and Relevance Are Way Overrated

Creativity and Relevance Are Way Overrated

A few days ago I tweeted the following: Creativity and relevance are way overrated. If you want a healthy church you might want to try consistency and reliability. That one got multiple re-tweets, upping my weekly re-tweet average from one to two. For those unfamiliar...