Jesus Has AIDS

From First Thoughts

Jesus has AIDS.Just reading that in the type in front of you probably has some of you angry. Let me help you see why that is, and, in so doing, why caring for those with AIDS is part of the gospel mandate given to us in the Great Commission.The statement that Jesus has AIDS startles some of you . . . . Continue Reading »

Two Cheers for Bad Preaching

From First Thoughts

Young preachers, your first few sermons are always terrible, no matter who you are. If you think your first few sermons are great, you’re probably self-deceived. If the folks in your home church think your first few sermons are great, it’s probably because they love you and they’re . . . . Continue Reading »

Inerrancy Fatigue?

From First Thoughts

I’ve suspected the “battle for the Bible” was lost ever sense my Microsoft Word spell-check started suggesting the word “ignorance” every time I type the word “inerrant.”Texas pastor Bart Barber posts this morning one of the finest, and most charitable, . . . . Continue Reading »

Where the Wild Things Aren’t

From First Thoughts

This past Saturday I took my three oldest sons to see the movie Where the Wild Things Are. Some Christians are all exercised about the fact that the movie might be too frightening for children. They’re wrong. The movie is not a great one, but that’s not the reason why. As a matter of . . . . Continue Reading »