Podcast: on the latest episode of The Hero of the Story, Brian and I tackle 2 Samuel 9 to see what we can learn about God’s kindness to us in Christ.
The prosperity gospel is a diverse, popular, and worldwide movement that understands faith to be the instrument through which Christians can attain physical health, material riches, and divine favor. There are countless thousands of these churches around the world with various levels of adherence to the key tenets of the wider movement, yet they rarely advertise themselves as prosperity gospel churches. So how can we know if a church is part of this movement?
Yesterday, The Gospel Project hosted its latest online event, The Gospel at the Center. Here’s a look at a few standout moments.
At the risk of overthinking such a conversation, though, I have found it helpful to think a bit before that conversation. Again, this might be just part of my personality, but I find that when I have given a little consideration to the matter, it helps me to be slower to speak, quicker to listen, and slower to become angry during the middle of it. Here are three questions I’ve found helpful to think carefully about prior to having a difficult conversation.
The church needs men and women who make growing old look good.
The more I pastor and the older I grow, the more I am convinced that we need men and women who grow old well. Ones who grow old hopefully and joyfully, and model adulthood to our younger generations.
I remember the last service in vivid detail: where families were sitting for worship, what music was playing, and the demeanor of my husband, the lead pastor. He was sitting in the second row, shoulders slumped, head lowered, feeling the weight of the congregation’s unmet expectations. The church replant we had been a part of for five years was over.
Though we had striven to be faithful, a closed church was the result.
So what do you do when your awesome proof text verse isn’t quite saying what you think it does? Simple. You say exactly what it means in its context and you use it accordingly. Frankly, I don’t need Philippians 1:6. To me the logic of John 6 is inescapable. But even still, if it doesn’t teach eternal security in the way I thought it taught eternal security then I need to adjust. It’s vital that we do this.
A favorite from the archives:
Now, obviously, I’ve never been one to entirely avoid controversial issues (or people). And when we see a celebrity pastor lose his mind, or when patterns of abuse are revealed that affect anyone, man, woman or child, it is hard to ignore. But at the same time, though we should grieve these things—and if a crime has been committed, we should report them—we can only give so much mental bandwidth to these things. Here are a few reasons why I believe this is so, at least from my perspective.