Heard about last night’s American Music Awards. A good friend of mine showed me a few Youtube clips and my disdain for gimmicks and machinery masquerading as good pop music continues. The lowlights: 3. Jermaine Jackson barely mentioning the brother (who was the only reason he was invited in the first place). Tacky, tasteless, and tired. This kind of blatant grandstanding on a sibling’s grave … Continue reading The Disaster That Is Pop Culture
After reading and re-reading the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:3-23), I am convinced that Christians must sow not only the word of the gospel but also our own lives, which incarnate that very word. People must see Jesus working in and through us; otherwise, our faith is abstract and theoretical with no earthly use for people in the midst of the life’s struggles. This … Continue reading Christ In You & The Kingdom of God
The unexpected and untimely death of the King of Pop three weeks ago today literally rocked the world and completely altered the landscape of entertainment as the world said goodbye to the biggest star–however controversial he was–in the world. But do not think for a minute that his death also silenced debates and arguments about the entertainer. Hardly, now Christians are literally fighting over whether … Continue reading Could the Church Have Dealt With a Saved Michael Jackson?
It Starts With Jesus Understanding who Christ is matters not only to the life of the believer but also to that of the nonbeliever. The Prologue in the gospel of John captures the essence of who Jesus is and serves as the foundation of what I personally believe makes a follower of Jesus Christ a most powerful and equipped ambassador of the Savior. 1 In … Continue reading Incarnate Christ Series Part 1: It Starts With Jesus
I have inhaled many books on church, ministry, and engaging culture with the Gospel over the last ten years and even posted early in this blog’s “life” about books that shape my ministry ethos. But I have to say that David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons’ book unChristian about what a generation (ages 16-29) really think about Christianity and the church. I tell you that even … Continue reading unChristian: Lazy Faith
I recently purchased an iPod (yes, I’m late) and love the fact that I can upload a mishmash of my favorites jams on to this tiny device. If you expect to hear nothing but Hillsong praise and worship, you’ll be very disappointed. Among my “must haves” in no particular order: 1.) Michael Jackson: Yep, dangit. I love Michael Jackson. But before anybody starts off with … Continue reading Me and My iPod