Should You Tithe?

July 19, 2016 // 56 Comments

For years people have been asking me for my response to the tithing question. “Should you tithe?” Here are two responses: You should tithe You should not tithe Since both responses are expressed as commands, and we are not under law, I care for neither. “Paul, you’re being tricky. Please address the [...]

The 9 Lies of Religion

April 1, 2015 // 178 Comments

“I came into the world to testify to the truth,” said Jesus. “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37). These are strong words. If Jesus put them on his Facebook page he’d get roasted. “Jesus, how dare you claim to have the inside track on truth? Why must we take sides? How [...]

Take Up Your Cross Daily (Luke 9:23)

July 3, 2013 // 183 Comments

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luk 9:23). What does it mean to take up your cross daily? I’m going to give you two interpretations and you can choose. Interpretation #1: Jesus is preaching self-denial Following Christ is all about [...]

What Happens to Christians Who Commit Suicide?

July 4, 2011 // 195 Comments

What do you say to the parents of a Christian teenager who has just killed himself? I faced this situation several years ago and, I have tell you, it’s not easy. Premature death is hard to handle at any time but suicide leaves loved ones bewildered at its senselessness. It seems the subject of suicide is one of [...]

Seven Signs that You Might Be Living Under Law

November 6, 2010 // 83 Comments

This week I finally got to see the movie, The Book of Eli. If you like stories where a lone man has to stand up to the wicked while trying to distribute the word of God in a post-apocalyptic world, then this is the movie for you. Just don’t show it at your youth group. It is extremely violent. Still, it made me [...]

How to Read Your Bible Without Getting Confused

March 10, 2010 // 87 Comments

Have you ever been confused by a Bible teaching that seemed contrary to something else in the Bible? Have you ever read a scripture that seemed to contradict another scripture? Paul said that the entire Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). But he also said [...]