How do faith and politics intersect? What relationship should exist between church and state? To what degree do they go together, or should they be entirely separate? Is Jesus a Republican or Democrat? Should churches and pastors be outwardly political?
Thanks to technology, we have access to more books, sermons, and teaching than ever. But for all this information, I believe something more is needed in Christianity than another sermon...
The confession that "Jesus Christ Is Lord" originally had major political implications. In a world that believes in the separation of church and state, it is now merely regarded as a "spiritual" confession that we make.
Does God still speak today? And if so, how? In today's podcast, I look at several ways that I believe that God still speaks to us today.
Anytime America is involved in a war, as Christians, we often feel comfortable turning to the Old Testament to justify our wars. I believe this is a grave mistake.
It's become hip in American Christianity to enshrine doubt over dogma. Many are deconstructing their faith, and consider themsleves #Exvangelical. I believe as the church we need to take a different approach, and allow for a generous curiosity, as people journey on their faith in Jesus.
For much of our history, Christianity has been often been a one man show. There has always been a Pope type figure reigning supreme, and calling all the shots. Today's podcast envisions a church without any Popes.
The Amber Guyger murder trial of Botham Jean is a powerful reminder that justice AND mercy are not opposing concepts, but are rooted in the nature of God, and an expression of the cross of Jesus Christ.
No matter how big or how small, every church has two churches within her. There is an odd disconnect between the platform and the pew, and it's been this way for centuries, inspite of all our different church models. Today's podcast is all about asking some tough questions and starting a conversation. How can we bridge this gap? How can we become one church?
As followers of Jesus, I believe we are called to a non-violent way of life. We should have a different relationship to guns and war, as we live out a prophetic witness to our generation.