Following the Saviour

How to Follow the Saviour Christianity is not a religion, it is a way of life. When Saul sought authority to seek out followers of Christ, his “letters” of authority stated if he found any, “of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.” Jesus when He commissioned…

Personal Convictions

Personal Convictions or Personal Opinions? One of the most heard statements in Christian life is, “the Holy Spirit convicted me…” how does that statement translate to the life of a believer? The word conviction has two main uses in the English language, “a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by…

Time Travel – Part I

What's the Difference? In 1985, Steven Spielberg produced the movie Back to the Future. This science fiction comedy was based on a teenager sent thirty years back in time to the year 1955. Much of the entertainment value of this movie was built around how much change had taken place in the thirty years between…

Time Travel – Part II

What is a "Sanctuary"? The transported visitor to the year 1955  would notice the absence of a coffee bar, welcome center or gathering space for people to converge and mingle. This modern-day feature in the church is designed to help establish a feeling of community and to create a connection that brings a commitment to the…

Time Travel – Part III

Steven Spielberg's science fiction comedy,  Back to the Future,  was a fiction and according to the script all turned out well. In our backward look at the church, we find there is not so much comedy and all is not turning out all that well. In the past several decades of church history, we see…

A Christian Nation Backfired – Part I

Has the Church’s Attempt to make America a Christian Nation Backfired? Catherine Rampell posted an article in the Washington Post which states, “Much-dreaded 'sharia law,' or something resembling it, may well be coming to the United States. Just not in the form many Americans expected. That is, the religiously motivated laws creeping into public policymaking…

A Christian Nation Backfired – Part II

The Half-Way Church Members As the  Puritan Church struggled to remain relevant in the community, the population became increasingly more secular. The church membership became a mixture of people, some who followed the gospel, some who acknowledged God and some that were at best confirmed deists.  When the Puritan Church established the  Half-Way Covenant allowing full…

A Christian Nation Backfired – Part III

Just as the Fox in Aesop’s fable found the lion contemptible the bible is now held in contempt by many people groups who once revered and feared its teachings.  Christians teaching a biblical imperative for moral purity for God’s people has been muzzled in many Christian circles. Cohabitation and homosexual behavior have been normalized as…