Should Women Be Deacons?

Sharon Church, Scripture, Spiritual leadership, Women's Ministry 5 Comments

The question over whether or not women should serve as deacons has been hotly debated within the evangelical tradition. Because of the Scriptural priority of male headship, many evangelical traditions have felt that appointing women as deacons would in some way threaten the authority of men. Others refuse to appoint women to the office of deacon because they interpret Scripture …

N.T. Wright on Homosexual Ordination

Sharon Church, Community, Current Events, Sex 1 Comment

Last week I wrote about Bishop Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church, and her denunciation of “personal relationships with Christ” at their General Conference. Though I only alluded to it in that post, there was a second controversial element to the conference, and that was the Church’s decision to ordain homosexuals into the priesthood. Now I am by no means …

Is the Church Acting Like A.I.G.?

Sharon Church, Stewardship 9 Comments

You might remember this past Spring when the news broke about insurance heavy weight A.I.G. providing its employees with $165 million in bonuses. During any other year, no one would have even blinked at that amount, but not this year. Why? Because AIG had just been bailed out by the U.S. Government, receiving more than $170 billion of taxpayer money. …

A Narcissistic Generation

Sharon Pop-Culture, Relationships, Self-esteem 1 Comment

Greek mythology tells the story of a man named Narcissus who was exceptionally cruel, even to those who loved him. As a punishment from the gods for a life poorly-lived, Narcissus was cursed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Not realizing it was his own, Narcissus was so captivated by his image that …

Personal Relationship with Christ: A Heresy?

Sharon Church, Current Events, Relationships, Theology 3 Comments

This week the Episcopal Church created yet another stir at its General Conference when the presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori denounced the idea of a personal relationship with God through Christ as heresy (that is, a contradiction with the truth of Scripture and belief of the Church). She explained, “The overarching connection in all of these crises has to do with …

Should Christians Participate in Beauty Pageants?

Sharon Body Image, Girl Stuff, Modesty, Pop-Culture 4 Comments

It’s been a couple months now since the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean first blew up. Since then Prejean abdicated her Miss California throne and has been touring the Christian speaking circuit supporting traditional marriage and Christian values. I just watched a video of her appearance at Liberty University, and in it she is considerably more composed and articulate than she …

The Only Voice That Matters is Yours

Sharon Pop-Culture, Self-esteem, Worldview 1 Comment

Ever since I was a small child I can remember watching valiant attempts at effective, anti-drug campaigns on t.v. Who can forget the famous father and son drug confrontation??–“I learned it from watching you!” (In case you aren’t familiar with this 80’s classic, you can check it out here) Twenty years later those commercials still pepper the television. And while some …

Equally Yoked?

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Spiritual leadership 5 Comments

What is spiritual leadership? This is a question about which there has been a great deal of confusion among Christians. Scripture teaches that we are to date and marry men who are spiritual leaders (1 Cor. 11:3), and Scripture also teaches us to date and marry men with whom we are equally yoked (2. Cor. 6:14).* The problem is that …

On This Our Independence Day

Sharon Seasonal Leave a Comment

May we celebrate our freedom to express faith in Christ, but may we never cling to that freedom more than Christ. Today I am celebrating the freedom bought for us on American battlefields, and the freedom bought for us on the cross. Happy Independence Day!