What is Worship and How Does it Shape Us ?: An Interview With Scott Johnson

Worship is central to the Christian life and communion with our Creator. Scott Johnson, a new face to the relevant worship scene, has just released an album with some insightful and moving songs to move worshipers to that effect. I caught up with Scott to discuss some of his views on worship. When did you feel called to lead people into worship and become a song writer? It all began when I decided to lead worship in High School. When I was about 21,... Read More

Spiritual Obesity: A Western Dilemma of Indolence and Inaction

Image by Evgeny Grinko I am going to start off with two numbers: 6.9 billion and 4.29 billion. The first number is the current, growing population of the world, which is quickly creeping up on seven billion people. The second number is what could numerically happen if we focused on being the body of Christ in a way that He calls us. Meaning, in 16 years there could potentially be 4,290,000,000 people around the world that are discipled followers... Read More

Killing Justice: What Should be the Christian’s Reaction to the Death of Osama Bin Laden?

  Image via Reuters I was sitting in a jet black recliner, sinking into the comfort and checking the Facebook app on my iPhone for any interesting updates. Not expecting to find anything of historic significance, I came across a comment on one of my friend’s status updates mentioning that President Obama was going to make a statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden. WHAT?!?!? I was stunned for a moment and reached for the television remote... Read More

The Spirit of the Pharisees in and Among Us: The Ordering of Greater and Lesser Sinners

Image by Eddie Moy We like to stack and sort, ordering things into categories that make sense. We create hierarchies of lesser and greater values of everything—of people, places, jobs, and sin. The guy working at the corner McDonalds shoveling fries into oversized containers downtown in the ghetto uses all he has to get his next fix. But just uptown in the north end of this same city, a middle-aged man living in his middle-class home with his wife,... Read More

Through Discipleship, Transformation Comes: Lessons of Growth From The First International Missionary

When a person is immersed, change can really occur. To that end, I am pretty adamant in the idea of the Christian walk being more than an expression of Church. And I recognize this is not easy. However, I do believe it is way easier to live out one’s Christian walk with a community, as opposed to just being in a Wednesday or Sunday Bible study. Trying to succeed when we so often fail, or fighting the flesh that wages war against our souls is difficult.... Read More

Who Are You A Missionary To? Why the Church Needs to be Missional Again

Last week I wrote an article entitled Changing a Culture of Sex and Promiscuity in which I dealt with the culture of sex which is rampant in Peru. We asked questions like: “How do we respond? What do we say? How can we be a part of the change?” After talking about reestablishing the culture of God, I left you with a thought: “I believe missional communities are the only way a “sojourner and exile” generation can be raised up “to abstain... Read More

Are Women Really Supposed to be Silent? Musings on the Paradox of Women’s Spiritual Authority

To neither be seen nor heard, this is the prescription and role of women in the Church—at least, according to some interpretations of the scripture. The role of women within the body of Christ is a difficult one, a topic which I have tried to avoid for some time because I am caught between two extremes that make me rather uncomfortable. Along with homosexuality, the role of women within the church is an issue over which the body is splitting apart.... Read More

Changing a Culture of Sex and Promiscuity: Thoughts on Purity From the Mission Field

My wife and I are experiencing a roadblock as missionaries, but one that I have yet to approach with a crystal clear answer.  In reality, I feel like we are floundering.  Last week, Andy Scott wrote the article “ARE THERE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN? RETHINKING THE SOCIAL DIVISION BETWEEN THE SEXES.”  Yesterday, Jonathan Keck wrote an article on homosexuality.  Both of these articles are dealing with sexuality in a Christian context and... Read More

The Dreaded Welcome: Rethinking the Church Meet and Greet

Last week, we talked about the Church and how it might be failing you and the people around you. I implored you to be a part of the reconciliation process allowing for Christ to be the Head of your life, and your Church. However, one thing I have begun to realize is that it is easier said than done, especially considering the fact that some of you may not even have churches anymore. So I think we need to go step by step. We need to work through that... Read More

Are There Boundaries Between Men and Women? Rethinking the Social Division Between the Sexes

After reflecting on the years that I spent growing up in a conservative church, I can recall experiencing very little interaction with the opposite sex. Although boys and girls were permitted to sit together during the youth group worship services, it was a rare occasion when an individual from either sex took advantage of this opportunity. For the most part, boys would sit on one side of the sanctuary and girls on the other. The few times that I... Read More

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