Knowing the Day and Hour of Jesus’ Return

I can hear the howls of protest already! There is probably no topic that brings more disagreement than the end times- the end of this present age and the return of Jesus Christ. And yet, if there is one concept that most people are in agreement with, it is the statement that no man knows the day or the hour of His return. Jesus did in fact teach His disciples this reality and I am not in any way attempting to cast doubt on it. [Read more...]

Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?

A couple of years ago, a pastor with whom I am familiar stopped by to see me. During the conversation, he enthusiastically told me about a new book he was reading. The core premise of the book (which shall go unnamed in order to avoid giving it publicity) is that the church is losing twenty-to-thirty year olds in huge numbers because the church has lost its social relevancy. The book uses a lot of polling data to make its point, and one of the strongest negative responses from this age demographic is related to the church and politics. According to the poll results cited, these young adults are very turned off by any Christian involvement in the political arena. (I would dryly observe that judging by the type of questions asked in the polls, it appears what these young people actually oppose is conservative politics. Who woulda thought?) [Read more...]