Inspiration

The Turn at the Gate: What Jesus Knew about the Separation of Church and State

"Jesus had two choices. Arriving at Jerusalem, He could turn right at the Damascus Gate and head for the seat of government (Herod’s Palace) or turn left and walk the short distance to the seat of religion (David’s Temple)." Photographed by the author in 1969.

Christians everywhere are driven by the same passion—to share God's love with the world. But not all agree on how that's best accomplished. Some insist that civil authorities should be involved—making it harder to run afoul of the Bible's timeless principles. Others feel compelled to witness on their own. Perhaps it's time to ask the age-old question: What would Jesus do? Good news. He answered that question two thousand years ago

 
 

MacIsaac: This Reformation Day, I Still Protest!

MacIsaac: This Reformation Day, I Still Protest!

October  31st is not only Halloween but is it Reformation Day – the day that Martin Luther nailed his  95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg.

 
 

When God is Not on Your Side: Exploring Spiritual Narcissism

When God is Not on Your Side: Exploring Spiritual Narcissism

So much time, effort money and talent is wasted attacking enemies whom God actually loves and whom He longs to redeem. Jesus died for sinners, even sinners who hate you because they hated Him first.

 
 

Christians called to higher standard of truthfulness

Christians called to higher standard of truthfulness

By Stephen Allred, Esq. – We’ll do whatever it takes to help our candidate win, whatever the cost, even if it means sacrificing the truth. In other words, truth doesn’t really matter anymore. At least that’s what it feels like in America these days.

 
 

Preventing (and Solving) the Polarization Problem

Preventing (and Solving) the Polarization Problem

By Brent Buttler – I hate to say it, but sometimes the church can have striking similarities with the current U.S. Congress. Thankfully, there is a solution to that problem.

 
 

Of Faith and Focus: The battle that matters most is in the heart, not in politics

Of Faith and Focus: The battle that matters most is in the heart, not in politics

By Rich DuBose – When we rally to fight evil, however we may define it we are confronting symptomatic issues as opposed to the underlying core affliction that plagues humanity. Our problem is not our symptoms. It is that we are disconnected from the Source of wisdom and life.

 
 

If Theocracy was Good for Ancient Israel, Why Isn't It Good for America?

(The following is taken from an appendix to the book Patriarchs and Prophets). “The question has been raised, and is now much agitated, If a theocracy was good in the time of Israel, why would not a theocratical form of government be equally good for this time? The answer is easy: A theocracy is a government which derives its power immediately […]

 
 

Christianity's Misguided Battle with Atheism and Secularism

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  By Brent Buttler – Christianity's ongoing battle with atheism and secularism is not only misguided, but also not what God intended for His church. recently heard a story about the evangelist Billy Graham. What piqued my interest was how almost overnight he transitioned from relative unknown to household name. One day in 1949 he showed up to the tent […]

 
 

Keep About Your Work

KEEP ABOUT YOUR WORK by Dr. H.M.S. Richards The Lord has given to every man his work. It is his business to do it and the devil's business to hinder him if he can. So surely as God has given you a work to do, Satan will try to hinder you. He may present other things more promising, He may […]

 
 

Rediscovering Agape: Why the Reformation is Not Over

Rediscovering Agape: Why the Reformation is Not Over

Agape love is the central premise of Protestant Christian theology. According to The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, “Luther's rediscovery of the primacy of agape was the linchpin of the Reformation and the rediscovery of genuine Christian ethics.” (See G. Meilaender and W. Werpehowski, The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, 2007, p. 456.)

Many confuse the concept of agape love with the concept of caritas, or charity, but these are two separate ideas. The concept of agape love is the love of God reaching down to save humanity through grace, while caritas is about humans reaching upward toward God through works.