In Part 1, we surveyed some of the Old Testament teachings on giving and tithing. In this last post, we will look at teachings from the New Testament. Giving in the New TestamentJust as the Old Testament taught required offerings in the form of tithing (i.e., taxation), the New TestamentContinue Reading

Must the Christian give ten percent (or more) of their income in these bad economic times? If so, where does the Bible teach this? If not, why do so many believers and church leaders today maintain one must give at least ten percent? Just how much should a Christian giveContinue Reading

What exactly is “worship?” When you go to church for “worship,” what exactly are you doing? These questions should be answered by all thoughtful believers. John Stackhouse’s recent entry “Memo to Worship Bands: Turn It Down, Please!” especially got my attention (see also his “Chris Tomlin’s Worship Songs: We Have Got toContinue Reading

There is no question that immigration issues and border policies are complex. From legal and political concerns to national security and economics, all of these variables need to be considered when sketching out a just and civil equation that adequately deals with immigration reform. But rather than pretend to tellContinue Reading

The Witherspoon Institute hosts a document entitled Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles that is a shining example of solid research on why marriage, traditionally understood between one man and one woman, should be upheld on all levels legal, moral, social, psychological, and philosophical. Although published more than twoContinue Reading

Please take the time to read A NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FOR 2009 by Dr. Ben Witherington. “God have mercy on us as a nation and may the change we have heard so much about begin within us and be solely the work of your hand!!”Continue Reading

Inevitably I get asked this question whenever running into people who are likely Christian but don’t know me well. For some time now, I’ve been conducting a kind of experiment with my response, which goes something like “Not really going to church; just focusing on being the church.” After the wrinkled foreheads straighten and the dazed looks clear, most have no clue what I just said. In all fairness, however, I did answer a different kind of question.Continue Reading