The Gospel’s Response to Charlottesville

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I’m just getting caught up on the news from the weekend and deeply disturbed by the events in #Charlottesville. Yet sadly, I’m not shocked.

The world is corrupted and so are we. Sin is widespread, and there is only one cure. Those who claim Jesus as Lord and support the evil and hate in Charlottesville are terribly misled, and what Scripture would refer to as “warped and sinful … [and] self-condemned” (Titus 3:11)

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The Path to Peace and Unity

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It’s been a tough few weeks. Actually, it’s been a tough couple of years in America. We haven’t seen such division in our country since the Civil Rights movement from the 1960’s. It would seem that not a week goes by where there isn’t a protest gone bad, unjust violence, or the spewing of hate-filled speech. This year’s election season was brutal. A nation filled with groups of blacks, whites, Evangelicals, Muslims and LGBT, each feeling marginalized and unheard. Each shouting louder through the soft glows of their computer screens and cell phones on social media. Each rallying around political figureheads that will do the shouting for them on national television. Each seeking to wedge their ideological beliefs and agendas into the public sphere. Each seeking to change the mindset of America “for the better”.  Continue reading “The Path to Peace and Unity”

For the City, State & Nation

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I have to admit it’s often easier to be pessimistic, critical and negative than an optimistic contributor when it comes to how I feel about living in the Chicago suburbs sometimes. After all, there is plenty to choose to complain about: high taxes, corrupt government, and bitterly cold winters. I frequently desire to move south where the summers are twice as a long, property values are more affordable, and the people are friendlier (or so they tell me). At the heart, my complaint is a dissatisfaction for where I am today. I want to be anywhere else but here. I want the better life. I want what’s easier. Continue reading “For the City, State & Nation”

Christianity, Culture & Conversation

I’m excited to be starting a new one-hour class this weekend that we’re calling [C3], Christianity, Culture & Conversation. [C3] is an interactive, discussion-based class that intends to create healthy dialogue around the important issues of our day, while examining them through the redemptive lens of the gospel. We’ll be discussing a different topic every week for the next 10 weeks. This week is focused on politics and we’ll be asking the question, “How should I vote as a Christian?”

If you’re in the Grayslake area, you’re invited to stop in and join us. This is a free class, requires no registration and is open to the public. We’ll be meeting every Sunday morning from 8:30a – 9:30a at Grace Community Bible Church beginning September 25th.

The Church & The Cult of “Me-ism”

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Culture is rapidly changing. Millennials (fueled by Gen-Xers) are growing up in a “me-ism” culture – “life on my terms” in other words. Christian Millennials and Gen-Xers have not been immune to this thinking and are subtly embracing the cult of “me-ism” by connecting it to their faith and approach to scripture and the church. We want God & faith to be on our terms – or at least as close to our terms as we understand them to be reasonably possible.  Continue reading “The Church & The Cult of “Me-ism””