Why Reconciliation Matters

From the ages 8-12, I lived in a small town in East Texas called Crockett. It was named after Davy Crockett, because apparently when he was on his way to fight in the Alamo, he stopped there to get a drink of water or something like that. It was my dad’s first preaching job, and […]

Reconciliation Gone Wrong: The Mistake of Seeing Ourselves as the Reconciler

Reconciliation is one of the most important topics of our faith today. It spans everything from big picture issues like racism and salvation to things just as massively significant but as small as healing a single relationship. This is what church is about – a community of the reconciled. This is what mission is about […]

Reconciliation: Gospel Living in a Racially Divided and Politically Polarized Culture

Several years ago I was talking with a church about serving with them as a minister. During a congregational question and answer session, one elderly man raised his hand and asked what seemed like a controversial question. “Liberal or conservative,” he asked. Without showing any disgust on my face, I didn’t like the question because […]

Dialing Back the Ministry of Division

Can’t wait until my “loving Christian brothers and sisters” weigh in on this issue and trash our president. They’ll no doubt refer to those pardoned as “scum of the earth who deserve to rot in jail.” This zinger caught my worship minister’s eye in a recent Facebook conversation. She was initially shocked by the words. […]

The Sanctimoniousness of Ministry

I once remarked during a sermon that farts are funny. They just are. Even seeing the word typed out makes me giggle almost as much as I did the first time I ever read the word booger. I always thought it was spelled b-u-g-e-r but “booger” just looks way funnier. And it seems to be […]

Radical Reconciliation in the New Testament: The Mystery of the Gospel

There was something kept secret by God in generations past that was made known through Jesus Christ. This might be hard for us to wrap our minds around because we are so familiar with the Christian faith but in those days there were things that God only revealed in His own good timing, “Surely you […]

Radical Reconciliation: “It is impossible … to restore them again,” Part 4

The bad news One more point. There’s an obvious temptation to rely on God’s grace to sin. (Don’t tell me the thought didn’t cross your mind as you read this post.) There are two serious problems with that attitude. The first is that this is exactly the attitude that gets people damned. God’s patience is […]

Radical Reconciliation: We Are Much More Saved

Growing up in the Churches of Christ, I well remember being taught about “grace.” Grace meant that God would forgive our sins at baptism. We had to first hear, believe, repent, and confess. But if we did all five steps, then our sins would be forgiven. Our slate would be wiped clean. We’d get an […]

Radical Reconciliation

Zimbabwe recently fazed out its hyper-inflated currency. At one point this year 1 U.S. dollar was worth 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. As they phase their currency out and phase in U.S. dollars, citizens of Zimbabwe were receiving $5 for every $175,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars in their account. That is 175 quadrillion with a “Q.” I don’t […]