This weekend, as our country prepares to remember the fallen heroes of our age, the ones who have sacrificed their life for the lives of their countrymen – the majority whom they never, or will ever know – we too, as believers in Jesus Christ, pause to remember their acts of selflessness and bravery.
Continue reading “A Call to Prayer”
Yeah, we’re a little crazy … crazy about Jesus. We don’t have a building, an office, or a weekly worship service, but we do have a love for Jesus and a call to point people to him! Will you join us on the journey? Learn more about Restoration Church. Our purpose in the Chicago suburbs. Our vision for ministry. Our love for Jesus. And our heart for everyone, everywhere.
Continue reading “The Restoration Church Podcast is Here!”
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)
Continue reading “The Gospel’s Response to Charlottesville”
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”
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”
Let’s Face the Facts
If you count yourself as an evangelical Christian in the traditional sense, the 2016 Presidential election has already been lost before a single vote has even been cast. As a matter of fact, we’ve been losing the election for decades with candidates of questionable character and ethics in their policies and practices. Today we find ourselves between two candidates, one who claims to side with the traditional evangelical voter but is clearly and consistently unrepentant in many areas of his life (Trump); the other who sides with extreme liberal policies that are contrary to many of our ethical standards (Clinton). How did we get here? How is it possible that these are our two leading choices in this year’s election?
Continue reading “Evangelicals: We Already Lost This Election”
Ok, I have to admit, this is pretty cool.
Yesterday, Elon Musk, known for his innovative companies SpaceX and Tesla Motors, announced an ambitious plan to colonize Mars in the next 50 to 100 years. Something that could only be dreamed of in science fiction novels and movies is now closer to becoming a reality. According to Musk, he envisions humans becoming an “interplanetary species” within our lifetime. Motivated by the scientific projects that a doomsday event is imminent for earth, his company is making a huge investment into the future and sustainability of human life beyond the gravitational pull of our celestial home.
This raises a number of ethical questions for Christians. Didn’t God create Adam & Eve on this earth with the purpose to subdue and multiply the human race within it? Should mankind seek to save itself from impending doom from global warming or a meteor strike? Are we meant to leave the confines of earth’s atmosphere for colonizing distant worlds? Should we support ventures such as those of SpaceX or NASA?
Continue reading “Church Planting on Mars?”
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.
Today I was deeply saddened over the numerous reminders that our world is broken, imperfect and marred with evil. No one is immune from its widespread effect, but I have great hope knowing that evil does not have the last word.
Continue reading “Do Not Be Deceived”
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””