Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THE ATHEIST AND THE HERETIC: An Honest Conversation About Faith

On Sunday night, I had an amazing conversation with Doug who is an atheist [formerly a Christian] about God, Faith, Doubt and whether or not Jesus actually existed.

It was a beautiful discussion and I am looking forward to part 2 next Sunday evening.

Check it out and please leave a comment below to let us know what you think.


Monday, August 29, 2016

5 MINUTE VIDEO: Is God Like Jesus?

A dear friend asked me how to respond to someone who has walked away from their faith because they can't reconcile the OT God who commands genocide with Jesus in the NT.

Here's what I told him.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

5 MINUTE VIDEO: "What About Forgiveness?" with Keith Giles

Does Jesus expect us to forgive people, even if they don't ask for our forgiveness? What about when they don't repent or stop their offensive behaviors?

Take 5 minutes and listen to Keith's response based on what Jesus has to say about forgiving others and how it relates to our own forgiveness.

Follow Keith online at: www.KeithGiles.com

Friday, August 26, 2016

5 MINUTE VIDEO: Discipleship [Part 2] Keith Giles

In this 5 minute video clip, Keith talks about the second most important thing to remember about discipleship, and explores the reasons why the idea of discipleship is so difficult for some to grasp in the American Church today.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 MINUTE VIDEO: Discipleship [Part 1] with Keith Giles

Take 5 minutes and listen to Keith talk about Discipleship in this new "5 Minute Video" series of talks about what it means to follow Jesus.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Is Christianity ultimately about being right? Or is it about following Jesus?

See, if Christianity is about being right then it's easier to justify cutting off those people you don't agree with. Because, if you see Christianity as a quest for “rightness” then being wrong is the greatest sin of all.

However, if you see Christianity as following Jesus, then being right is less important than the quality of your relationship with Him.

Relationships are messy. They’re not about correctness, or accuracy. No one measures their relationships in such terms. Instead, we gauge the health of our relationships based on how open our communication is, and how honest we can be with one another, and how much time we spend together.

Jesus also connects our obedience to His commands with our love for Him. It’s all through the Gospel of John, especially in John 14.

He also equates our love for Him with how we love one another. If we love one another as He has loved us – which is one of His commands – then we are loving Him by our obedience, and by being obedient we are loving others, too.

Elsewhere, Jesus connects our horizontal relationships with our vertical one towards God. He tells us that we should go and reconcile with our brother before we return to complete our acts of worship. And the Apostle John pushes it further by saying that if we claim to love God but don’t love our brothers and sisters, we’re just liars.

So, what should we learn from this? Perhaps that our interpersonal relationships don’t need to hinge on agreement with one another.

I can love someone who has the wrong ideas about doctrine. I can fellowship with a brother who sees things differently than I do. I can extend grace to a sister who calls me a heretic.

Are they wrong? Maybe. But perhaps I’m the one who is off base? Until we know for sure, our main goal should be to love one another as Christ has loved us.

In the early church, for example, there were three different views of the doctrine of hell. For nearly 300 years none of those people considered the others to be "heretics" or worthy of excommunication or disqualified from the faith.

It was only after Constantine shifted the paradigm of Christianity from a focus on Christlikeness [orthopraxy] to one of Correctness [orthodoxy] that Christians started persecuting one another over differences of opinion in matters of faith.

So, nowhere do we get the idea that the Gospel is about having the correct information. Instead, it’s about having a transformational relationship with Jesus.

This relationship involves abiding in Christ as He abides in us. Through this process, our sinful self is daily crucified and our spiritual self – the “new creature” – is brought to life within us.

It’s a constant exchange of death for life where the resurrection power of Christ is increasingly revealed in us and transforming us into people who are like Him.

So, in summary, if the Gospel is about having the right information, then being right is everything.

But, if the Gospel is about transformation, then being Christlike is everything.

Let go of the need to “be right” and begin to embrace the reality of Christ’s transformational life in you!

We’re all in process. None of us is right about everything. Thankfully, we don’t need to be.

We just have to keep abiding in Him.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jesus Is The Son of God (And So Am I)

Most Christians are convinced that Jesus is the Son of God. But not as many are convinced that they are also the son (or daughter) of God, even though the New Testament goes out of its way to stress this fact.

For example:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)

"It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?" (Hebrews 12:7)

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1)

"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." (Romans 8:14-17)

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:18; 2 Sam. 7:14)

"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir." (Galatians 4:4-7)

So, as I've been meditating on this lately it's started to make me wonder: How would the son of God treat his co-workers? How should the son of God interact with his neighbors? How might we expect the son of God to drive his car? Or wait in line at the grocery store? Or respond to a homeless person?

See what I mean? The idea that you and I are the sons and daughters of God is quite transformative, and I believe that is the entire point.

Just try going through your day with the awareness that you are the son (or daughter) of God and see how it changes what you say, how you act and what you do.

Now, try doing this for a week, or a month, or maybe even the rest of your life.

I'd love to hear how it goes!