Why I Follow Jesus

I follow Jesus. I don’t follow Him perfectly, but I follow Him sincerely. I do not follow Christianity. I do not follow Christians. I follow Christ. Those are important distinctions. There are some who assume that believers follow Christianity itself- that is, the systems, structures, beliefs, traditions, and teachings of the church throughout history. Although we should learn from and appreciate those things, there are recognizable and regretful imperfections and failures within “Christianity” – things that were done in the name of Christ but did/do not accurately reflect His character or His… Read More

When a Decision is Required

The Apostle Paul had some of the strangest life experiences of any one person in the Scriptures.  A culturally diverse and highly educated man, “Saul” (his original name) took his religion so seriously that he sought to annihilate this new sect called “The Way” (the early church’s original name). So zealous was Saul that he was named as being there and consenting to Stephen’s death – the church’s first martyr.  One day Saul had a life-altering encounter with Jesus Christ. Traveling down the road with a team of men, Saul was struck… Read More

Five Characteristics of a Reasonable Believer

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭2‬ ESV) Unreasonable people weary me. Unreasonable Christians concern me. Christianity is not merely a “feeling” religion, it is a dynamic relationship that engages my mind and will, as much as my emotions. Although my faith in Christ is a spiritual reality, its implications and applications touch spirit, soul, and body. Paul came to the city of Thessalonica and reasoned with the people regarding Jesus Christ. His approach, although candid, was… Read More