It’s no secret the church, specifically the broader evangelical church, is in a state of crisis. Attendance and engagement is down, stories of financial, physical, and spiritual abuses are mounting, and any meaningful conversation regarding theology, philosophy, and morality in the cultural mainstream has become nearly impossible. Even the faithful in the evangelical church are becoming disheartened, weary, and have stories of frustration, disenfranchisement and hurt. This growing crisis should cause us to take an honest look inwards through the lens of Scripture, in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and with a heart of great humility before the Lord.
Continue reading “A Message to the Church: You are Free to Love”
In a modern, science-based, data-driven society, everyday supernatural miracles are often difficult to ascertain. Even in our evangelical circles that have a strong emphasis on a ministry of the word (teaching and studying the Bible), we have a tendency to over-intellectualize our reading of scripture and downplay the spiritual activity of God. At Restoration Church, we have sought to recover and acknowledge all that God has done and is actively doing in our world, both through a ministry of his Word, but also through the power of his Spirit.
So if I may, allow me to share a story with you.
Continue reading “Believing in Miracles”
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”
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”
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.