It's even more important to be watchful for Christ's soon return.
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Some biblical scholars say there is absolutely nothing in Scripture that supports this theological stance.
The spirit of the age infiltrated churches long ago—and now, all too often, that demonic spirit is the primary counselor.
"I'll chant, or I'll go to Kundalini (yoga) and meditate with a group," said Amanda, who did not want her last name used because she's afraid religious groups will target her.
Like it or not, we are vastly unequipped for many of the new mental health challenges facing us.
Doctors say the pastor almost died.
We need to deal with the sin in our lives.
What this belief system actually does, though, is stunt the growth of believers who have no ability to withstand any adversity, because they think any kind of lack is a tragedy of biblical proportions.
"That's sickening. We're not doing the job I thought we were doing."
Would instituting some long overdue reforms curb the hemorrhaging as well as help regain trust and respect before a skeptical, watching world?
This goes way beyond the Catholic church.
"We found an awesome spot [for the brewery]. Consequently, [it] happened to be right below Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, which we adore and support their efforts for giving health care to women."
Hardly a day goes by when we're not reading of another case of what I call AIDS—Acquired Integrity Deficiency Syndrome.
My intention with this response to "Reckless Love" is not to establish or discredit either view, but rather to turn us to the unifying truths of Scripture.
"He looked at papers; he said, 'Son, you were dead. You're a miracle. I don't use that word lightly, but you're a miracle. You were dead.'"
A hit man entered the pastor's home, made him kneel and said, "You don't know who you are messing about with." The man then pulled the trigger on his gun, but it failed to fire, so he knocked the pastor unconscious and stole his wallet before fleeing.
It's not just a Catholic issue.
"The Lord had his hand on me."
What Willow Creek, and all Christian communities, need in our #MeToo/#ChurchToo moment is a sober reckoning with power—what power is, how it works in institutions and how to mitigate its subtle lure in churches led by magnetic men.
There are some clear differences between Old and New Testament prophets.