This article is cross-posted on Founders Ministries. In this series, we have considered the nature of the kingdom of Christ, the fruit produced by that spiritual kingdom, and the priority of evangelism in all Christian cultural endeavors. But it is possible that we have made it this far without truly answering the foundational questions of … Continue reading Questioning the Kingdom? – Part 4: Two Kingdoms Theology
When the atomic unity of the first and second greatest commandments is split, nuclear reactions are unleashed. What God has brought together in his law, let no man tear asunder.
Does God promise to change our society in the gospel, such that we should expect him to do it if the church is faithful?
What is the kingdom of God? How is cultural, societal, political transformation related to the kingdom?
Earlier this week, I was on a walk in my neighborhood with my three children when I happened across our Roman Catholic friends. After briefly bantering about politics and the chaos of the election, I made a comment to this effect: “Whatever the outcome is, at least Jesus is still Lord.” The wife responded, “You … Continue reading Why ‘No Matter Who Wins, Jesus is Lord’ Isn’t Just a Cliché
This article is cross-posted on Founders Ministries. One of my fondest memories of an evangelistic conversation was with a young man at my gym named Metro—an ex-con and trash collector turned competitive bodybuilder. My friend “Met” is a self-made sort of fellow and is as brash as they come, not remotely hesitant to swear or … Continue reading An Honest Question for Christians in Social Justice Movement
This article is cross-posted on Founders Ministries. In a famed passage of Scripture, the author of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is “a time to keep silence” (Ecc. 3:7). As our nation reels from the effects of the pandemic, protests, riots, and unjust killings, many Christian leaders have recognized the importance of listening compassionately. We … Continue reading Weeping Without Joining the Dirge
As I begin writing, it’s day six of the national “15 Days to Slow the Spread” initiative (catchy, no?)—or at least, I think it is, but I’ll admit, the days are starting to blend together a bit. I’ll spare you the full list of activities our family has undertaken in these historic days, since our … Continue reading The Blessing of Pestilence
We restless North Americans struggle immensely to prevail in prayer. I struggle in prayer. I see impoverished, persecuted believers in other parts of the world praying with fervor, corporately and individually, and I marvel at my own ineptitude when it comes to conversation with God. Yet prayer is an inescapable concept. Desperation of any sort produces dependence … Continue reading 5 Ways to Pray Missionally
If someone were to pinch me ten years ago and tell me that, by the end of 2019, Kanye West would be producing gospel music, the host of The Apprentice would be president, and Joe Biden would be the most conservative name in the Democratic primary pool, I might have asked said person if whatever … Continue reading Have Yourself a Merry, Apocalyptic Christmas