Hard Christian Truths

Enduring betrayal and lies in ministry

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Judas Iscariot is a name synonymous with betrayal and deception. His narrative highlights a disgruntled and dissatisfied member of Jesus’ inner circle.

Judas’s traitorous actions draw a stark contrast between Jesus’s devoted followers and the discontented disciple. The name Judas stirs up feelings of disgust and loathing among most Christians…


Christian Excuses Series

Don’t pluck out your eye just yet!

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Don’t cheat on your wife, and don’t sleep with someone else’s lady. That’s easy enough, right? Well, Jesus said that it wasn’t as simple as obeying rules and refraining from the physical act.

His exact words were, “Everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed…


Christian Excuses Series

Does the church exist only to meet your needs?

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This Christian excuse brings to light a core misconception about the purpose of the church. Was the church given to us primarily to meet our personal spiritual needs? Or was it given to us as a tool to meet other people’s needs? …


Christian Excuses Series

When is the right time to serve God?

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This Christian Excuse is the modern version of the story of the Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18–30 NIV).

In this instance, we could change the story title to the Busy Young Man or perhaps the Ambitious Young Man. …


Hard Christian Truths

Is vocational ministry a biblical calling?

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My understanding of “calling” has evolved over the years. Early on, a narrow institutional perspective defined my view of being called. It was the only framework I understood at the time, but now my view of calling is profoundly relational. …


Culinary adventures and life-long regret

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After a highly productive Leadership Team meeting in Ghana, we were “blessed” with a local treat. One of our leaders had grown up in Ghana (he was now stationed in another part of the continent). He wanted to share one of his favorite dishes. Kelewele


A personal letter to my nephew

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(In 2017 my nephew was diagnosed in the womb with Spina Bifida. I knew his life would be characterized by struggle, but his parents were brave and they trusted God. They decided to name him Elijah. I wrote this letter to Elijah before he was born. …


Christian Excuses Series

Exploring Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness

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This excuse disguises itself as self-preservation, but Jesus teaches that partial forgiveness is both dishonest and self-defeating. Forgiveness is a tricky concept because it goes against our profound human need for justice.

But the fascinating thing is that when we have been slighted, we want justice, but when we are…


Christian Excuses Series

The discomfort of the Great Commission

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Every missionary has heard this one at least once, primarily when a family does not support someone’s desire to go overseas to do missionary work.

People say: “There are lost people here in America, why don’t you just stay here and work.”

It can be very frustrating because we know…


Christian Excuses Series

What does Jesus say about helping the needy?

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American Christians have become accustomed to government programs supplanting their responsibilities to care for the needy. We avoid accountability by voting for people that promise to help the needy in the way that best aligns with our political beliefs.

Yet, the problems of poverty and homelessness continue to rise because…

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