Book Review–THE SEVEN MOUNTAIN RENAISSANCE by Johnny Enlow

I’ve been a fan of Johnny Enlow’s books for some time, but this one more than any book I’ve read in the past few years put into words many of my feelings on what’s wrong with Western Christianity, and more importantly, what’s right, with a tremendous hope for the glorious expression of our faith thatContinue reading “Book Review–THE SEVEN MOUNTAIN RENAISSANCE by Johnny Enlow”

Where will my journey end?

   I read a fascinating story recently about a man named Ed. Ed’s parents were religious, but felt that faith should be confined to yourself and your immediate faith community. In high school, Ed met some teenagers who were on fire for their faith and concerned about its global advancement. He joined their youth groupContinue reading “Where will my journey end?”

Responding to ISIS

ISIS continues to dominate the news headlines, from this week’s cover of Time magazine to the brutal images we see nearly every week on the national news. The closer we feel to the victims, the more personal our grief and the more urgently we want to respond. If you are Japanese, the beheading of journalistContinue reading “Responding to ISIS”

Caught in Adultery

      I was reading this morning the incredible Biblical account found in John chapter 8 of a woman caught in adultery who was brought to Jesus for judgment. The religious leaders who caught her wanted to stone her, in accordance with the law of Moses. But Jesus stooped and wrote with his fingerContinue reading “Caught in Adultery”

Web Interview with Jim on Loving God and Others

This week on the always uplifting blog 7 Christians (http://7christians.blogspot.com/), Victoria Buck has posted Part 1 of an interview with me. Part 2 will be posted next Monday. She asks some really insightful questions. If you’re interested in what other American Christians are concerned about regarding Islam, check out this interview! I was excited to seeContinue reading “Web Interview with Jim on Loving God and Others”

Jihad and Jesus

   We are all troubled by the images of terrorist acts in France, or ISIS beheadings in the Middle East. It’s shocking and offensive to us that civilians are often the target. The term jihad may be the most hated word in the world today. But before we join all the political pundits pointing fingers,Continue reading “Jihad and Jesus”

Dreaming of Peace

Happy New Year 2015! Dare we imagine that this year could bring peace breakthroughs in relationships we previously gave up on? Which relationships would you most like to see restored this year? Perhaps with your spouse, your parent, your child, your sibling, a previously close friend…? How does such a seemingly impossible reconciliation start? IContinue reading “Dreaming of Peace”

Jesus in the Qur’an

Just after commemorating 9/11, I received this email from a concerned Christian: Jim, I see much error in your theology based on what I read on your Q and A and blog. I guess the question is do you focus on peace making or true repentance leading to salvation? I also am concerned by yourContinue reading “Jesus in the Qur’an”

Ray Rice and the NFL–Punishment versus Compassionate Help

   One of the biggest stories in the news right now is about the professional football player, Ray Rice. Video tape shows him back in March brutally punching out his fiancé (now his wife) and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. The response of the National Football League at first was to suspendContinue reading “Ray Rice and the NFL–Punishment versus Compassionate Help”

Imagination, Hope, Prayer and Societal Change

Societal change does not come by accident; it occurs because someone first imagined it. This imagination can sneak into your life anytime, anywhere.  For Mother Teresa, it started the first time she walked by a dying person on the street and wondered why no one was doing anything about it.  For a young Martin LutherContinue reading “Imagination, Hope, Prayer and Societal Change”