Tag Archives: Church

Helping Your Prodigals to Come Home … and Stay Home

Prodigals. Every church family has them and every church wants them to come home. We preach about it, sing about it, and pray about it. We want the Christian whose life has blown apart because of sin to repent and be restored. We welcome the prodigal to sit in our office and talk…

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Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 3)

Hospitality toward immigrants is a culture in the kingdom of our re-birth, and evidence of it abounds in Scripture. Cities of Refuge in Num. 35 offer the church a relevant model of hospitality toward the immigrant and refugee. Yet, biblical aids to relearn Christian hospitality toward immigrants do not stop in the Bronze Age.

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A Missional Plea for Christian Pacifism

My, how the church has changed. Historically speaking, pacifism appears the unquestioned stance of the New Testament and the early church. Before the age of Constantine and the onset of Christendom, the church fathers held a consistently strong line against Christian participation in war and violence. One can find exceptions of course, but…

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Whatever Happened to Eschatology?

I am a geek when it comes to end-time scenarios. I appreciate the creativity and skill that goes into producing charts, timetables, and future histories. One can bend and twist Scripture over other theological categories such a salvation, ecclesiology and the nature of Christ, yet it will always be a derivative of previous…

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Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 1)

Few words reverberate more in our churches than immigrant. The woman who sits directly in front of the pulpit each Sunday conjures the smile of her German mother who came to America after WWII. The young couple from Las Vegas who sits in the back with their baby recoil at memories of the…

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