March 19, 2010I would like to see more vibrant, Christ-exalting living, first in me, and then in my church and the Christian community as a whole. So I sympathize with what you’re looking for.
March 19, 2010Though I am assured of my salvation in Christ and have been a believer for many years, I have a hard time connecting with God on an emotional level. How do I experience God as “Abba Father”?
How do I know which translation(s) of the Bible would be good to use, especially for a "word for word" study?
March 19, 2010And among those that translate word for word, the ESV is more literary and readable; the NASB is not quite as good English, but still accurate as a word for word translation. A person reading a passage looking for key terms that repeat, then a NASB would be better. If you are trying to understand the passage as a whole, then the ESV is better.
March 19, 2010How do I relate to my daughter when I see her now that she has chosen to move in with her boyfriend instead of abiding by our house rules?
My heart goes out to you and the pain you are experiencing. You're grieving a loss right now and I’m sure you have many mixed emotions. There's no better answer than to wait on the Lord and be immersed in His word and His promises to you.
March 19, 2010I think you should do what you can to get accurate apologetic information to your pastor that shows the Bible's reliability.
March 19, 2010While we believe in a salvation that is secure, bought and paid for by Christ alone and not by our works, we do not subscribe to the fire insurance/cheap grace/easy believism notion that all who raise a hand or repeat a prayer at one moment in their lives are automatically truly born again.
March 19, 2010I would encourage you to look for more ways at your church to delegate responsibilities to others, including other leaders—as Moses did—so that you are less the go-to guy for so many things. I commend you for putting your family first.
How do you know whether or not someone who is homosexual and claims to know Jesus is truly a Christian?
March 19, 2010
Question from a reader:How do you know whether or not someone who is homosexual and claims to know Jesus is truly a Christian? You say at the end of your article about the End of the Spear controversy, “How I would love to one day embrace actor Chad Allen as my brother.” How do you know he is not your brother already? Because he is gay? I am a Christian and am gay myself. The fact that he happens to be gay is so incredibly insignificant. P. S. I’m also always perplexed by the term “gay activist” since ...
How do you prioritize everything that you’ve got going on? Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day?
March 19, 2010Yes, sometimes I really do struggle with how quickly time runs out each day. I try to focus on the Lord and His Word and figure out the few things in life He really wants me to do. I say no to 98% of invitations, and regularly decline things I really wish I could do. I’ve decided that if I am going to have time to write I will have to fight for it. Every day, including this one, offers me a hundred distractions, not just bad things, but good things. I tell myself that I must say no ...
March 18, 20101 Corinthians 5:10 is good in broad principle, saying we have to associate with the world since we’re in it. However, that is general association, not specific partnership.