Love and Convictions

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday March 22, 2017

The short answer is that Jesus makes everything else look small by comparison and if we can get that right, we can probably love one another and make room for our convictions. John Wesley said, “If your heart be as my heart, give me your hand.” This struggle is only increasing. It’s true for...

Getting Jesus Wrong - FREE Chapter!

By: Steve Brown on Monday March 20, 2017

Want to have some fun? Read Matt Johnson’s new book (just out), Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity. I know, our Christian reading ought to be serious, thoughtful and godly. It’s not supposed to be fun. I don’t care. This book is fun, freeing and...

Jesus Shows…and He’s Brought Gifts

By: Steve Brown on Monday March 20, 2017

Do you know one of the great dangers of our faith? It is the danger of reducing our faith to words, propositions, doctrines and concepts to which we give intellectual assent. It’s the “stuff” we believe and we think that’s enough. James said, “Big deal!” Well, he didn’t say that...

Life Without the Kicker

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday March 15, 2017

I asked him what he meant by “kicker.” My friend explained that a “kicker” was a hidden agenda. “Sometimes,” he said, “I get the feeling that the only reason Christians even talk to me is to get me to become a Christian. When you said that you were sorry for what Christians called me,...

Steve’s Devotional - Bad Folks Badly in Need of God’s Grace

By: Steve Brown on Monday March 13, 2017

God is not a spoilsport who wants to stop you from having a good time. Sin is not what you want to do…but can’t. Sin is what you shouldn’t do because it will hurt you…and hurt you badly. What sin makes you blush in private? What you feel right now is the installment payment on sin. Sin is...

Nothing Worse Than a Disney World Christian

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday March 8, 2017

If you read Ecclesiastes for your devotional time, make it in the morning. If you read it just before going to bed, you won’t sleep very well. In Ecclesiastes, there are texts like… “I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy...

Steve’s Devotional – Personal Jesus

By: Steve Brown on Monday March 6, 2017

I was a theological liberal and checked. If Jesus provided fertilizer for flowers outside Jerusalem, then it is all meaningless. If, on the other hand, Jesus Christ resurrected, then it gives my life meaning and my faith is not in vain. I asked questions like: Why would I be willing to insist that...

Giving Up Liver, Okra & Booze

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday March 1, 2017

The pagans haven’t taken them over yet. They tried, but Easter bonnets aren’t high on the fashion agenda; the Easter bunny, for some reason, has never reached the PR level of Santa Claus; and unless you’re a believer, you probably aren’t big on fasting or giving stuff up for Lent. Are you...