Pepperdine Bible Lectures 2015 Guests

I’m thrilled with the “guests” (translation: Christians who aren’t from our particular tribe) who will be presenting at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. Here are a few of them—and why I wanted them to join us. GENE APPEL is the senior pastor of the Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim. When we met in 1998, Gene was […]

Developing Kingdom Leaders: Siburt Institute hosts a One Day Seminar in Dallas

The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry is delighted to bring Dr. Reggie McNeal to CitySquare ACU in downtown Dallas. The event will be a half day seminar for church leaders April 9, 2015 from 10am – 2pm. Reggie is a noted author; his books include A Work of Heart; Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders, […]

Pornified Church

Warning: The contents of this post are of an adult nature. Our goal in posting this is to raise awareness of a very dark side of humanity that may be closer to us than we think so that it can be addressed and combated more intentionally in our churches. “Those who are well have no […]

The Write-Off

Yes, I know this months theme for Wineskins is about Casting a Biblical Vision for Healthy Sexuality. Rebel that I am, I am not writing about sex… However, the following has something to say about a healthy spirituality and that does have an impact on every facet of life, including the sexuality God created… It’s everybody’s favorite […]

Who Made ‘Abstinence’ a Four-Letter Word?

The culture of the world around us laughs at the concept; it is as outdated as poodle skirts and penny loafers — or the idea that someone can be (or even try to be) objective. And the subculture of Christians who made it a four-letter word is at least partly to blame. We made sexual […]

Sex and the Sermon

I grew up in a home where sex was never talked about.  We weren’t allowed to watch shows like All in the Family, MASH, Three’s Company, and other shows that often times talked about sex. I really didn’t understand much about sex other than it was something that we didn’t talk about. If for some reason […]

What About the Silence of Leadership On Sexuality?

This is the first time I have ever written for Wineskins. For those of you who blog here frequently, my next statement may seem absurd. I feel like a rock star today. Yes, I know that’s crazy. It’s just that Wineskins was a part of my journey. A stack of print edition copies over two […]

Casting a Biblical Vision for Healthy Sexuality

Sex and money are two of the most cited reasons for divorce in America. Neither one ranks highly on what most of our churches are talking about. We can talk doctrine all day, all the while marriages fall apart and people are being used and abused in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. There […]