People are peculiar. We have the sometimes helpful, sometimes ruinous tendency to compartmentalize our lives. This tendency is helpful when work tries to follow us into our home life, but I am afraid it is a crippling tendency if applied to our relationship with Jesus.
Although evangelicals believe God inspired the Bible, not all believe God’s word is fully inerrant. There are many viewpoints that argue for and against inerrancy within evangelicalism. Some think Scripture is fully inerrant while others believe it's limited or only partially inerrant. So what's the right answer?
When I worked in Washington DC I got quite a few chances to travel because of my job. On many of these trips I took a taxi to and from the airport and what I like most about these times is you never know what’s going to happen when you sit down inside that yellow cab.
One Sunday a friend totally transformed my church worship experience. We were standing in the front row staring up at the music screen when he looked at me and slowly turned his body 90 degrees to face me. He kept singing as he stared at my face. This is what I learned.
Even as a Christian Horror author, I never imagined I would ever hear the Gospel according to Jason Voorhees. But a few weeks ago, I did. For those of you not familiar with Jason Voorhees, he’s the horror icon from Camp Crystal Lake. The big guy with the hockey mask and machete? That’s him.
I started seminary when I was twenty-two years old. I was probably the third or fourth youngest Master of Divinity student on campus with aspirations to become a pastor. It made me a little bit nervous, even though nobody ended up caring about my age. But is it a good idea to go to seminary that young? Shouldn't we wait till we're older? Let's see what the Bible says about young people in ministry.
I learned my first seminary lesson a week after I realized God designed me for ministry. When the prophet Isaiah answered God’s great commission to warn Israel of their sins, Isaiah answered with, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). Isaiah practically screamed his heart out in the presence of the living God. Learning to engage the heart, is perhaps the most important lesson we need to learn before diving headfirst into ministry.
Which superhero is best? Apparently girls tend to say Batman and guys tend to say Superman. But really, this is not a one superhero answer. This requires time, analysis, and an in-depth discussion of all possible "best" superheroes.