38 results for tag: Monte Wolverton

March 2022

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Looking at Life from the Outside In – pg. 1 Information Is Not Knowledge and Knowledge Is Not Wisdom – pg. 4 What's My Motivation? – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

Why Do Many Christians Make the Good News Sound So Weird? – Monte Wolverton

Among some folks, the ability to speak fluent "Christianese" is a sign of true Christianity. But do these special words and phrases help or hinder the message? Here's some suggestions as to how we as Christ-followers might improve our communication skills. —Text and illustrations by Monte Wolverton I just want to come up alongside you. I have a burden—because God has laid it on my heart to minister to you and disciple you. God spoke to me, and he wanted me to share my testimony with you and to witness to you. The message I’m called to give you will be a real blessing to you. Chances are, you know some people who talk this way all the time. ...

November 2021

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: The New Math of the Gospel of John – pg. 1 The Joy of Thanksgiving – pg. 2 Money Can't Buy Me Love – pg. 5 I Wonder – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

July 2021

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: The Father I Never Knew – pg. 1 Get Comfortable With the Questions – pg. 2 How Free Do You Want to Be? – pg. 4 God's Not Through With Us Yet – pg. 5 Life's Lava Tubes – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

March 2021

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: The Crux of Our Faith – pg. 1 A Far, Far Better Rest – pg. 2 When I AM Lifted Up – pg. 5 Places I've Been – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

November 2020

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Like Wool on Sheep – pg. 1 Descending to Serve – pg. 2 Thanksgiving for Everyone – pg. 5 Scaredy Pants – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

Church of Bad Religion – Monte Wolverton

Church of Bad Religion Monte Wolverton (To the tune of Hotel California, with apologies to the Eagles)  ----------- On a bright Sunday morning,  Warm wind in my hair, Smell of coffee and donuts Rising up through the air, Up ahead in the distance  Stood a building of mortar and brick. The sermon title on the sign told me I should repent right quick. ---------- There he stood in the doorway I heard the steeple bell And I was thinking to myself, This could keep me out of hell. Then he gave me a program And he showed me a seat, The praise band was singing, I thought I heard them repeat... ---------- Welcome to the church of bad religio...

Can God Be Too Good? Part 8 by Monte Wolverton

What Does It All Mean? 1,500 years later—what does this mean for us? What about Ed Thompson—and his family in anguish and doubt over the fate of their atheist father? What about the billions of people in parts of India and China for whom Jesus is nothing more than a strange, foreign demigod? What about billions of Aztecs, ancient Egyptians, Babylonians and other men, women and children who, for all we know, died ages ago never knowing about Jesus? Are all these people “saved” or are they “lost”? While many religious institutions claim to know the answer, the truth is that no one can say for sure. What we do know is this: ...

Can God Be Too Good? Part 6 by Monte Wolverton

William Barclay (1907-1978) Professor, Theologian, Author, Greek Scholar Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow,William Barclay dedicated his life to “making the best biblical scholarshipavailable to the average reader.” The result was the Daily Study Bible, a set of commentaries on the NewTestament, exploring verse by verse through Barclay’s own translation ofthe New Testament, listing and examining every possible interpretationknown to Barclay and providing all the background information he considered possibly relevant. The 17 volumes of the set were all instant best-sellers and continue ...

Can God Be Too Good? Part 4 by Monte Wolverton

Historic Hopeful Universalists -- They Dared to Hope Many centuries ago, before Christian doctrine had become a political football, a few eminent Christian thinkers pondered the passages wehave just discussed—and exchanged their ideas openly. The early church fathers—especially those active before the council of Nicea in 313—lived during a time of doctrinal flux and formation, when believers were grappling with major theological issues. When we look at the selected quotes presented here, we get a brief and surprising glimpse into what they were thinking about universal reconciliation. Clement of Alexandria (c.150-c.215) was an ...

Can God Be Too Good? Part 3 by Monte Wolverton

What Does the Bible Say? Let’s consider three passages from the New Testament, beginning with Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in ChristJesus our Lord. Now let’s look at Matthew 25:41-46:“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will ...

Can God Be Too Good? Part 2 by Monte Wolverton

Can Christians Be Universalist? When the subject of Christian universalism is raised among some traditional Christians, hackles rise like those on the back of a JackRussell Terrier who has just spotted a cat. As far as many “Bible-believing” Christians are concerned, theterms “Christian” and “universalism” are not compatible. Universalism, they say, is a dangerous heresy that has arisen from paganism like a toxic green slime, oozing through New Agers and Unitarians into mainstream Christian churches in recent decades, threatening to engulf and corrode cherished, time-tested doctrines (especially those having to do with an ...