Church: Battleship or Cruise Ship?

One is on vacation. One is on a mission. One is designed to be glamorous. One is designed to be bellicose. One caters to the wants of every occupant. One carries out the command of the captain for the good of the nation. One is totally safe and comfortable. One is fully armed and often…

A Biblical, Balanced “Name & Claim, Decree & Declare”

I had my time periods of being extremely anti-name-&-claim and anti-word of faith movement. I have learned that heresy comes from being extreme on either side. There is an importance in balance and in being biblical. The bible does not condemn people asking God for what they want. It just doesn’t want people to ask…

How To Oppress a People: Pyramid, Power, & Protocol vs. Process

How to Prevent a Promotion Another term for protocol is “red tape”. Sometimes, red tape can be another word for complicating a process. For example, a lot of paperwork, a lot of reference letters, a lot of background checks, a lot of fees, a lot of training, a lot of butt-kissing and brown-nosing. Anything that…

What Good Is Seminary?

What good is seminary? As a devout Christian, after graduating with my Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from a theological seminary (and by the grace of God with a 4.0 GPA), I feel I am adequately equipped to answer this question. Some believe that seminary is where to go if one wants to become a…

What Joseph Can Teach Us About Godly Leadership

It has been said that everyone is a leader. Whether they lead well or lead poorly, everyone is a leader whether they admit it or not – whether they are consenting or not. Joseph was no exception. As the baby boy of large family, he was what we might consider “spoiled”. He was favored by…

Why Did God Trust YOU with This Horrible Experience?

Originally posted on writeous rhema:
 As a child, I remember watching” Alive” with my family. This movie is based on a 70’s plane crash survivor story known as “Miracle in the Andes”. Being so young, the only things that stuck out to me were the mountains, the cold temperatures, the plane crash, and the cannibalism…

Masks Off: Disliked for Who You Are or Loved for Who You Are Not?

“Love takes off masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin Sadly, I believe that very few of us ever reach true intimacy. I believe most of us have enjoyed the temporary joys of dating and making out and other conventions of relationships. But so few of…