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Posted 10/29/14 at 11:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What’s the State of Theology in America?

Mosaic that honors theology
Photo: Flickr/Michael Kooiman - Creative Commons

By David Murray

Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research have just published the results of a survey that measured Americans’ theological knowledge. The aim was to “help to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.”

I’m deeply grateful to these Christian organizations for funding and carrying out this research. It’s true, there are some discouraging findings; but I was surprisingly encouraged by some of the results. First, though, the bad news, in three particular areas: FULL POST

Posted 10/29/14 at 11:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Why You Can Live Free from the Burden of YOLO, “You Only Live Once”

Many people believe this life is all there is. Their philosophy? “You only go around once on this earth, so grab for whatever you can.”

If you’re a child of God, you do not just “go around once” on Earth. You don’t get just one earthly life. You get another—one far better and without end. You’ll inhabit the New Earth! You’ll live with the God you cherish and the people you love as an undying person on an undying Earth. Those who reject God and go to Hell are the ones who go around only once on this earth.

Consider the expression YOLO: “you only live once.” It rightly recognizes you will die, but assumes that you will never live again after you die. The Good News is radically different. Christ’s promise is not YOLO, but that those who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The gospel has power that not only affects this life, but transcends it. FULL POST

Posted 10/29/14 at 11:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Got Over God?

Excited to announce that my new book “CARRYING GREATNESS” is scheduled to be released early next year! So honored that Sheila Walsh - speaker with “WOMEN OF FAITH” and my buddy, Dave Sterrett of “I AM SECOND” both agreed to write endorsements for the book. Go God!

One of the early chapters in the book, I share about Elizabeth and Mary both pregnant with baby boys named with a “J.” One is John and other is Jesus. One is a Baptist in the making and other is Savior for the taking. Both women in their womb are carrying boys whom will grow up to men whom God will use to change the world. Talk about “Boys to Men” these were the originals!

Both women knew intimately the pain of isolation and rejection. These sisters in Christ would certainly be keynote speakers at future “Women of Faith” events. They knew faith, fear but favor all rolled into one and found their Heavenly Father faithful. Their test today became their TESTimony tomorrow! One was too old to get pregnant and the other was too young. One tried for decades while married and couldn’t produce and the other not married, never tried and did get pregnant! Both women were “carrying greatness” and Mary was the first to carry the Gospel. In those first nine months and a year or two after His birth, she didn’t just carry greatness or the Gospel but God! Elizabeth and Mary were cousins and when the younger (Mary) came to visit the Bible notes something spectacular happened. Picture two women with protruding bellies and when Mary walked in the room and spoke the baby (John) in Elizabeth’s belly jumped! Why? FULL POST

Posted 10/29/14 at 11:33 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When Your Marriage is in Crisis: How to Get Your Spouse to See

It’s Wednesday, the day when we always talk marriage! I introduce a topic, and then you all can link up your own posts below. Today I want to tackle a really hard question–one that is left often in the comments. What do I do if my marriage is in crisis, but he doesn’t think it’s a big deal and refuses to change?

Here’s a comment, for instance, that was left yesterday when we were talking about the trauma of a husband’s porn use:

If he is unrepentant how do I set boundaries? I have read your article on 4 things a wife needs to do if her husband is looking at Porn… but if he isn’t to the place of wanting to be done how are boundaries set? Technology free hours would never fly with him. His phone took a dive into the fish tank last week and I was praising God. But he mailed it in and got it fixed, and nearly every night he would take his laptop and dissappear. And now the smart phone is back and it travels with him every where he goes. Even to the bathroom! He also deletes history. FULL POST

Posted 10/29/14 at 10:45 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

4 Reasons You Need Time Away

Today is a milestone for me in several ways.

It's the first day of a new fiscal (financial) year for our ministry at CROSSROADS.

Its the first day of October, my favorite month of the year.

It's my first day back as a consistent blogger after some time off from writing.

And it's my first day back from an extended break that I desperately needed.

With the exception of two events, I essentially took the entire month of September off from traveling, writing, leading, conducting meetings, and doing work. This was quite honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done because September is usually one of the busiest, and most fruitful, months of the year for me as a preacher, writer, and pastor. I had to turn down opportunities. I had to say no to friends who wanted me to preach for them and their churches. FULL POST

Posted 10/29/14 at 10:37 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

10 Ways To Know When It's Over

In a dating (talking, flirting, seeing-each-other, hooking up) relationship, you know it's over when...

1. He cannot make up his mind if he likes you or another girl

2. She is insanely jealous when you spend small amounts of time with your friends

3. When you find out they are addicted to porn

4. You see a pattern of lies and deception that goes back for months, maybe years

5. You're not married but acting like you are (i.e. having sex without the real committment of marriage)

6. You scream and yell at each other on a regular basis

7. If your boyfriend of girlfriend has ever hit you, hurt you, or threatened to harm you in any way

8. Promises made are never kept and always broken FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 12:53 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Surrendering to God’s Wisdom

When I need a point-of-view adjustment, I read the last five chapters of Job. That’s where the focus shifts from Job’s questions about his suffering—and his friends’ proposed answers—to God’s majesty. Job had a better basis for complaint than nearly any of us ever will. Yet after listening to Job’s grievances, God finally speaks to him: “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me” (Job 38:3).

God is saying, “You are unhappy with me, Job. You have questioned me. You assume you know far more than you do. Now it’s my turn to ask you some questions.” God never faults Job for being finite, only for failing to recognize that he has no right to pass judgment on the wisdom and goodness of an infinite Creator.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!” (verses 4–5). FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 11:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

How Our Culture of Sex Got So Messed Up

Today is the beginning of a 4-part series I’m running on this blog about the culture of sex, and how we in the church talk about sex. I’ll be discussing how we inadvertently make women ashamed of their bodies and ashamed of sex, and then I’ll wind up talking about how we need to reframe our discussions around purity. God meant sex to be something beautiful and wonderful in marriage; too often, as we try to keep people from sin we end up making it seem like sex–and our bodies–are bad.

I asked Michael Rittenhouse to set the stage for our discussion by sharing a little bit of his journey. He’s the author of Sex: What Your Parents Didn’t Tell You, which is a great book about how our culture gets sex wrong. Here’s Michael:

As a five-year-old, I didn’t get why Goldie Hawn danced on TV in a swimsuit and graffiti. But I knew it had something to do with “sex,” and even though they rarely said “sex” on TV, they did say “making whoopee,” so I figured that’s what we called dancing in a swimsuit and graffiti. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 11:12 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Why Does Marriage Matter?

WHY DOES MARRIAGE MATTER?

Recently, I was watching a debate over the current landscape of marriage in America. The talking heads were arguing over the meaning of marriage, the nature of love, and the limits of government to define and restrict who could and could not get married in a civilized, industrialized, advanced society. The conversation was lively and energetic, and by the end their passions had spilled over into screaming and yelling about how “close minded, religious fanatics” like Catholics and evangelicals, had tried to impose their views of love and marriage on America for hundreds of years. This, according to the enlightened panel of guests, was the source of all of our nations ills and woes. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 11:05 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Good or Grace? You Pick

There are essentially 2 ways that we try to make it through this life. All other systems and structures fall under one of these overarching ways of living. We can live by being good. Or we can live by grace. These 2 ideas, though they may seem similar, are actually light years apart and vastly different from one another. And you can’t do it both ways. (Technically, you could try, but you would drive yourself nuts since they don’t work well together).

GOOD says that all of life depends on me. My happiness and purpose and meaning all flow from my ability to make things happen; to keep the rules, to make enough money, to stick with a tough marriage, to pay off debt and save for retirement, you get the picture. In short, my hard work and effort will get God’s attention, and if my good outweighs my bad, then God will let me into heaven. FULL POST

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