“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
Matthew 10:16 (ESV)
One the greatest joys we have in producing this blog is sharing material from authors, pastors, thinkers, and theologians who are insightful and effective witnesses for Jesus Christ. Whether you read these posts as a committed Christian or a scathing skeptic, we appeal to your intellect “with gentleness and respect,” as prescribed in 1 Peter 3:15.
We try to keep things positive, partly because so much of the negative passion that comes out in contemporary writing is self-defeating, but mostly because of the love that is modeled for us by Jesus Christ. We have produced lists of resources, people, and tools that—in addition to the material shared in individual posts—can help you discover the veracity of the Scriptures.
But…much as we would like never to write an unkind word, Jesus also modeled (in fact commanded) discernment.
There are people who make being a disciple of Jesus Christ much more difficult than it should be for the rest of us. Some have large media outlets (even universities) behind them. Some have presidential-sized egos and ambitions. Some, quite frankly, are weirdoes and snake oil salesmen. Some have been caught perpetrating scams. Some have been investigated by the U.S. Senate for their overseas dealings or their accumulation of personal wealth while operating under the guise of tax-exempt ministries. The common thread is a thirst for affluence, power, or attention (and strangely enough, an appetite for expensive jets). Continue reading