According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …

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Many people exploit the Bible to furiously cast judgment on others — sinfully using condemnation, guilt, shame, fear, and hatred to abuse others — all under the guise of “accountability” and the false premise of “Christianity.”

But according to the Bible, various people were used by God to do amazing things, and these individuals were often described as righteous and holy … even though they were dramatically flawed.

To be human is to be imperfect, and although we shouldn’t glorify sin or purposefully live in sin, we need to be careful about labeling others at “heretics,” “unbelievers,” and “sinners.” Because in reality, contrary to everything we assume, those whom we detest just might be favored by God.

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The Hardest Part Of Christian Parenting: Wanting Our Children to Actually Be Like Jesus

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16).

The Easter season annually inspires hundreds of sermons, homilies, small group discussions, bible studies, and conversations, but hardly any of them will center around the idea of parenthood. But in many ways the Easter story is about parenting: a father allowing his only son to be ridiculed, abused, hated, and violently crucified on a cross —for the sake of others.

God the Father had the power to save his Son, and Jesus even makes a comment during his arrest and betrayal that “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53). Instead of a divine act of intervention, God allowed His Son to suffer for the benefit of humanity.

An arrest and execution was terribly unfair to a man who devoted his entire life to selflessly serving, healing, helping, sacrificing, empowering encouraging, inspiring, redeeming, and loving others.

Unfortunately, Jesus’s type of life is not what our culture and society thinks of as being “successful.” Instead, fame, fortune, and power are what we value—and we raise our children accordingly.

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Christianity’s Most Common and Subtle Sin

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Christianity’s most common and subtle sin is … rationalization.

‘Rationalization’ is defined as: an attempt to explain or justify (one’s own or another’s behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate (Wikipedia).

Essentially, rationalizing is a way of making excuses.

Ever since Adam tried to blame Eve (Gen. 3:12), Moses tried to downplay his ability to lead God’s people out of Israel (Exodus 3), Aaron tried to deflect blame for the Golden Calf onto others (Exodus 32:22), Gideon’s self-deprecation (Judges 6), and Jeremiah’s excuse of being too young (Jer. 1:6), people have rationalized their rebellion to God.

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The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper…and Jesus

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Christianity consists of thousands of tribes, cliques, and communities — each with different theologies, traditions, and doctrinal beliefs. Within a Westernized society obsessed with celebrity, entertainment, popularity, conflict, and money, it can be easy for Christian groups and communities to clash with each other.

For the modern church, much of its recent legacy has involved conflict, division, and controversy. Christians have developed a love-hate relationship with theologians, pastors, and church leaders — and it’s dividing the church.

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Bad Reasons Not to Evangelize

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Let’s face it: Evangelism can be scary.

Publicly sharing your innermost beliefs can be difficult (though many Christians are currently doing a pretty good job). It requires being honest and vulnerable about your faith journey, and it can be emotionally, intellectually and spiritually exhausting.

 

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Entertainment Christianity

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A Christian’s worst nightmare isn’t bad theology, hypocrisy or heresy—it’s boredom. Westernized Christianity has become addicted to entertainment, and we expect our sermons, worship and Sunday school classes to be filled with jokes, video clips, multimedia glitz and captivating illustrations.

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Illustrating Truth

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As Christians, we often yearn for the perfect illustrations and stories to add clarity, profoundness and entertainment to the spiritual truths we are trying to portray. We can be so eager to proclaim these inspiring testimonies, stories, and anecdotes that we don’t fact-check and review our sources, or we  exaggerate what really happened.

For example, many church-going parishioners have heard the story about the atheist philosophy professor who publicly annually challenged any Christian student in his class to a “chalk test:” If God exists, the professor claimed that the chalk would not break if he dropped it on the ground. Continue reading

The Search for Flight 370 Reveals Four Basic Truths About Humanity

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has captivated the media and press for days. How could we simply lose a plane? But the story reveals much more about our humanity and spirituality than we realize. Here are four simple revelations that we’ve learned about ourselves during this process:

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