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Do I Have To Go To Church?

Oct 28th, 2008 Posted in Ecclesiology, Faith | no comment »
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Yep, sure do. At least that’s the answer I give when a Christian asks me the question. I will sidestep the arguments around what “a church” means, if “home churches” are ‘okay’ or not, and if “mega-churches” have the Spirit at all, and focus on the idea that Christians need to meet with, lean on, and support other believers.

Another question I get is, “If I don’t go to church can I be saved”? This question is usually asked because people don’t want to associate with Christians, or just don’t like other people very much at all. Of course, we can do exactly nothing to move us even one iota closer to salvation, church or no church. We are asked to associate with other believers though, and we’re told to like it! Don’t believe me? Check out John 13:35 and let me know what you think? Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas

Dec 25th, 2007 Posted in Faith, Family, Theology | no comment »

Christmas Pic of KidsIt is early in the morning on Christmas Day here in a snowy Wisconsin. Am I up this early in eager anticipation of what my stocking holds? I don’t think so. I have a cold, my nose is running, my ears hurt, and I can’t sleep. We opened our presents last evening after a Christmas Eve service at our church. The play was very gospel-focused and depicted a family at Christmastime going through some of the normal struggles a family might undergo during a holiday. As they are designed to, the play made me think about our family and the meaning of Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Pack Go!

Nov 12th, 2007 Posted in Kids and Parenting, Prayer, Theology | no comment »

Well, our first outing to Lambeau Field was a huge success. RJ and I both had a great time at the game, the Packers best the Vikings rather soundly (34-0), and we both really appreciate Dan taking us! (Thanks Dan).RJ Cheering for Packers

Several things struck me about the trip, and I’ll relate just a few here. First, when we found our seats, the fans around us were incredibly nice and everyone talked together, laughing and joking.. very good natured. By the 3rd quarter however, the mood had changed. Now there were braggarts, loud folks – men and women alike – that were throwing curse words around, yelling at the coaches, and generally misbehaving. This was with the Packers winning the game. So,what might make a person act this differently? The answer is simple; a lack of temperance and the ready presence of alcohol. The game is every bit as fun to watch with one beer in you as it is with five. The difference is, with one beer in you, the game might continue to be fun to watch for everyone around you! Read the rest of this entry »

Packers / Vikings, 11 Nov 2007

Nov 11th, 2007 Posted in Hamartiology, Kids and Parenting | no comment »

My son and I were given the opportunity to go to the Packers game today! Now, our family has lived in Wisconsin only three years, and we each have a different team that we root for, but my son RJ’s team is the Packers, and has been since he was 1. You can imagine how popular that was when we lived in Chicago!

As we look forward to the ride down with a couple of other guys, and begin to look forward at the matchup between the two teams, we see the parallels between the game and our spiritual walk… Read the rest of this entry »

Trinity – Is It Important?

Oct 17th, 2007 Posted in Christology, Trinitarianism | no comment »

I was having a discussion about another denomination that claims for itself the moniker “Christian” and I was faced with an argument that sounded a great deal like Arianism (a modern-day version of a very old heresy). Many people state that a belief in Christ is “all that is necessary” for eternal life. Is this true? Must we also know who He is, what He is, and what He wants us to do and why? Read the rest of this entry »