Let’s trade in the ole ‘sinner’s prayer’ for this approach

clunkerI admit that I’m not someone who recalls the exact moment of my salvation as a glorious transformation for which the date and time is indelibly etched in my memory. In fact, I question whether I was really saved when I recited the “sinner’s prayer” as a child. It wasn’t until adulthood that my life exhibited any of the visible fruit. As a child I was simply trying to avoid hell by “clipping” the Bible’s “redemption coupon” which I thought I could redeem for free “fire insurance.” For me, the sinner’s prayer was dangerous because, in my mind, it never connected my need for a savior with God’s desire to save me, although it gave me the false sense of security that it had. Continue reading

‘Please allow me to introduce myself…’

clownAmerica is plagued by senseless acts of violence in shopping malls, movie theaters, schools, and other places where people gather. Politicians are quick to use these tragedies as a means to advance their particular ideology. One side says take away the guns; the other side claims a well armed citizenry is the best deterrent to the madness. Meanwhile Americans cry out, “When is it all going to stop?” The answer may be that it never will. And my heart breaks for grief-stricken families when I think about the obvious reason why. Continue reading