Month: August 2017

God’s response to Legalism: Jesus Christ!

The word legalism is a well known, and potentially overused word in the Christian realm, yet an important one, and probably misunderstood too. In the fifteen years I spent in a legalistic church, it was a word those fake, sincerely wrong, easy believing Christians used to say they could sin whenever they wanted…so I […]

Out of Context: Matthew 18:18 Whatsoever you bind on earth, is bound in heaven.

In our series of Out of Context topics, we will talk about the misappropriation of Scriptures used to either garner control or gain material wealth from congregations. Scripture teaches clearly that the Word was not to be used in this fashion, and yet with humanity involved, it seems almost inevitable, […]

Who Is the Divider of the Brethren?

This is positive I promise! Today I was blessed to have two meaningful conversations about religion – one with a distant relative I didn’t even know was a relative, until today, and another Facebook contact that shares the wandering spirit I have. In both conversations, the same topic came up […]

Faith & Wisdom from Uncertain Places – Music

I think most people around my age (nearing 40) would agree, most modern, top hits music just isn’t that much of a hit. You have bumps, and grinds, tunes, and rhythms, but the mmph just isn’t there – there is no real depth, it seems shallow and its only purpose is […]

Why I write about Cults

I’ve done two series now, the first on the Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles (and why that is significant in interpreting New Testament Scripture and Recognizing Talk/Patterns of Cults. In doing so, I’ve had to ask myself the question – why are you doing this? (Others ask me that too…) Well, […]

What is Speaking in Tongues?

I have to say from the outset, that I am both an expert by experience/practice, and absolute ignoramus on this topic, which is why I have decided to write about a hot, contentious, real and active conversation in the Christian world today. Speaking in Tongues. What is it? Is it […]

Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns Part 2

Part 1 of Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns started with a quote from psychologist Margaret Singer, noting that it is actually quite easy for someone to be drawn to a cult. They [leaders of cults] are always overly charismatic, always full of promises for a better future if you but follow their ways, […]

Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns

Times of uncertainty create perfect hatching grounds for leaders and groups of all types to spring up, offering peace, comfort, salvation, the clear and true path to enlightenment, or the only way forward. It should be clear that cults do not orient solely around religion, religion just seems to be […]

Religious Semantics, Splitting Hairs

Have you ever wondered, “If Religion, specifically the Christian Faith, is about unity (and it IS supposed to be!), how can there be 33,000* stated denominations in Christendom?” One man created a religion [Jesus] that rocked the western world forever, one whose message of unity that spread like a wildfire, […]

The Least of These

What made the message of Christ so radically different than all the other religious movements, sects and groups some 2000 years ago? There were other philosophers, great teachers, leaders, movers, and shakers. There have been perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands of startups since then, if I can use a modern secular […]