Hi, I'm Jeff Mikels,
guitar player, computer nerd, dad, husband,
and founding pastor of Lafayette Community Church in Lafayette, Indiana,
but mostly a follower of Jesus trying to lead people closer to him wherever they are.
article recently where the author is talking about how to make users
of your product or service happy. The basic premise of the article is
that you should make the right things easy and the
wrong things hard.
A great illustration of this is a three pronged electrical plug.
James 1:2-3 gives the standard Christian answer to this question:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance…
Of course, knowing the Sunday school answer and being okay with it are two different things entirely, but this week, I have gained a new perspective on the question that I thought I would share with you. Here are some significant verses from my devotional reading this week:
Judges 2:20-3:4 (New International Version)
20 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. 22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their forefathers did.
Here are 24 key theological questions that I plan to answer here as I get the time. I should probably just make a commitment to do one answer per day… We’ll have to see! Follow my progress by clicking on the category link -> 24 Theological Questions
What is Scripture’s major theme and purpose?
How would you defend the authority of Scripture?
Where do you stand on the inerrancy of Scripture? Why?
What were the standards followed to develop the canon of Scripture?
Explain and defend your view of the Trinity.
How do you understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His gifts in the church today?
What are the conditions of salvation? (believe? repent? confess? surrender? subsequent obedience?)
Assurance of salvation: Can I lose my salvation if I continue to sin?
How can someone know with confidence that he or she is a Christian?
What is your understanding of church government?
(a) Can women be elders in your church? Why or why not?
(b) Does the pastor have a greater authority than other leadership positions?
(c) What are the functions and qualifications for your leaders?
Support the ministry priorities of your church from Scripture.
I just completed my series of messages on the Bible (see sermon series Shhhh! God’s Talking) and during the series I spent a good amount of time dealing with tough questions of the Bible and tough questions about the faith, but one of the toughest questions that I had to deal with is God’s take on homosexuality.
Actually, I wasn’t able to give it the time it deserves in the brief message or two I was able to address it, so I thought I would go into a little more detail here on my blog.
During my senior year of college, one of my best friends sat me down to talk with me one night.
It seems so capricious and uncaring that a God would allow his own son to suffer, until you get the bigger picture that God loved the sinful world so much that he sacrificed one son, for three days, to gain billions of children for a sinless eternity.
We look at all pain and suffering from the human side of the cross, from the perspective of the disciples on Friday. From that angle, the crucifixion is the most terrifying work of evil ever done.
I know that some people are especially interested in the bigger details of faith, so I decided to post here my full “Doctrinal Statement.” This is the first post in this series, and it reflects the “short form” of my Doctrinal Statement. If you wish to download my entire Doctrinal Statement in either short form or its more detailed version, I will have those links posted soon.