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Simple Love — August 17, 2022

Simple Love


Some judge all Scripture based on their notions of love.

True disciples, however, judge all notions of love based on Scripture.

Otherwise, our notions of love become limited to our own subjective, internal sentimentalities …

Rather than God’s comprehensive, objective revelation.

Simple Faith — September 19, 2018
Simple Church — September 14, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

Because I love Christ, I’ve opened my home and my life to those abused by people who use Christ to exploit others.

Because I love Christ, I’ve ministered to people in jail and the woods with whom polite society won’t dirty their lives.

Because I love Christ, I’ve loved His “ekklesia” rather than the man-centered institution often called the “church” these days.

Because I love Christ, I’m still willing to exceed my comfort zones.

How about you?

Simple Discipleship — September 5, 2018
Simple Love — September 2, 2018

Simple Love

Being an adult means fully bearing the costs, and the consequences, of our own choices.

Unfortunately, many parents today don’t let that happen …

Then wonder why their “grown” kids are such failures at life.

Tragically, I frequently see this as I go into our local jail …

Mostly among twenty-something boys from middle class families.

Even more tragically, the parents and their churches often continue – out of guilt – to enable their immaturity even when they get out.

It never turns out well.

Do them a favor:

Let ’em fail!

Stop enabling them and let them begin to experience the full, unmitigated consequences of their choices …

Even if it means they go homeless and risk destitution until they begin making mature decisions and start to grow up.

Being allowed to become homeless and nearly destitute will be a great shock to them – and they may initially stumbled badly – but with time I’ve always seen it turn out to be the best thing for them.

For the first time, they learn to grow up and own their own future.

These are not theoretical musings, but how our churches over the years have helped guys from the jail who had no family but needed to grow up.

In the long run, tough love may be the best love you can give.

Simple Love — September 1, 2018
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail often ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit a couple of times on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal together, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Faith — July 12, 2018

Simple Faith

We are bound by the limits of our fallen nature, which makes us spiritually “dead in our trespasses and sin”.

We are not spiritually sick, but dead.

Free will, therefore, is a myth apart from God’s grace giving us the option to choose Him …

Because those who are spiritually dead have no choice in and of themselves.

Fundamentally, we have no human autonomy or ability to choose anything apart from what God has chosen to delegate and enable.

According to His sovereign will, however, He didn’t want puppets on a string …

So He gave Adam the option to choose sin and death – as He knew he would – by rejecting His rule.

Adam chose foolishly.

Christ, according to His eternal plan …

Then defeated sin and death through the Cross to give us the option to choose righteousness and life – as He wills – by submitting to His rule.

This is what makes God’s grace so amazing.

Choose wisely, therefore …

While you still have a choice.

Simple Faith — July 3, 2018

Simple Faith

The triune God of the Bible is perfectly one and complete in and of Himself.

Unlike Islam and various “Oneness” heresies, however, His complete internal unity also includes internal diversity.

That intrinsic diversity means He can internally relate, love and communicate …

And thus, as He chooses, do so externally as well.

Which explains the main difference between the true God of the Old and New Testaments …

And the detached, abstract and mute “God” of Islam.

Simple Virtue — June 28, 2018

Simple Virtue

You don’t reconcile with church “leaders” who use and abuse others …

Or who facilitate such evil by protecting abusers within the church.

You stop them, as commanded in 1 Tim. 5:19-21.

End of story.

Only if there’s true confession and public repentance …

Can another story begin.

Simple Church — June 27, 2018
Simple Virtue — June 12, 2017
Simple Joy — June 7, 2017

Simple Joy

Christ’s incarnation, ascension and promised return affirm we were not created to ever be detached spirits … 

But as His followers, we will always be physically embodied beings who exist in a material world. 

That’s why mature disciples have hope for the future … 

But remain well rounded and grounded in the present.

Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Faith — May 13, 2017
Simple Church — May 12, 2017
Simple Love — April 23, 2017

Simple Love

God doesn’t define sin to condemn us …

But to warn us about what harms and destroys.

He does this because He loves us enough to want us to have abundant life.

When we reject that …

We condemn ourselves.

Simple Love — March 15, 2017
Simple Faith — February 21, 2017
Simple Virtue — February 15, 2017

Simple Virtue

My prayer for the next generation is that you:

Reject the tyranny of “tolerance” without sound morals …

Affirm true liberty, which is the freedom to pursue virtue …

And embrace authentic love, which never forgets that only God’s truth can set us free.

Simple Virtue — February 8, 2017

Simple Virtue

Eating junk food …

Makes no more sense than consuming junk culture.

One corrupts our bodies …

The other our eternal souls.

Yet the answer to junk culture is not defeat, retreat and isolation.

Let’s learn to be immanent in a world God still loves …

While transcending its perils with what is eternally true, good and beautiful.

Simple Truth — January 2, 2017
Simple Virtue — November 24, 2016

Simple Virtue

Handing out meals across some impersonal divide to “others” whom we deem “less fortunate” …

May have its place.

But not as a substitute …

For opening our homes and sharing meals and life together with “brothers” whom we honor and esteem above ourselves.

Maybe this is why the Kingdom of God advances more through open hospitality …

Than mere charity.