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.
In the living room of my in-laws’ home I watched an episode of Law and Order that I haven’t seen before, and it bothered me quite a bit.
The victim was a young man who had tried unsuccessfully to “recover” from homosexuality through the counseling and support of a religious group called Regenesis. One of the supporters of the organization was a local doctor who had been promoting research that homosexuality was a reversible condition.
In the church I pastor, ReCOMMITMENT is something we do once a year in terms of church services, but it certainly shouldn’t be so in terms of our spiritual lives. The Bible is clear that the spiritual life is not one that can be lived on the basis of one commitment made many years in the past. Of course, the Bible teaches that once a person has come to faith in Jesus, that person will be forever in the grip of the saving grace of God regardless of future behavior.
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.
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.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day 2005, and I preached a message on three women in the beginning of the gospel of Luke—Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. While I was preparing for the message; though, God helped me to understand something that I had never really seen before. There are no unplanned pregnancies.
Debate idea: big clock on screen under each man. At the end, the man who spoke for the least time gets all the time difference to close. 2012-10-04
Being antisocial is more fun if you have someone to do it with. 2012-10-03
I tolerate all who tolerate what I tolerate, but those who are intolerant of what I tolerate are just intolerable. I'll never tolerate them. 2012-09-07