Time to Talk about Sin

“How well do you know the depths of your own sin?”

I know the subject of sin is extremely unpopular. When it comes up, we immediately assume we are going to be criticized, judged or threatened, and why wouldn’t we, the church has used sin to bludgeon its people into compliance and behavior modification programs. No wonder so many people are confused and put off by the subject, and why the church has become such a mess.

In today’s podcast and post we begin a series where we will mine the depths of our shadow side and become students of our own sin. Join me now as regain our equality as complete moral failures, and learn why this is beautiful and purposeful Good Newsfor the world.

278-Stop Acting Surprised by Ravi Zacharias

“Are you shocked and offended at the headlines relating to apologist Ravi Zacharias?”

By now, many of you have read the headlines about Ravi Zacharias and as I record this, leaders and ministries are pulling back from his ministry and taking a moral high ground of disassociation. This would be fine except, that is the exact opposite of what the church is called to do.

In today’s podcast and post I will use this disheartening current event to expose a fundamental area of confusion in the Christian faith, and try to steer the church back on course. Join me now as we see beyond the accusations of a top ministry leader, to expose a far more pernicious sin that is manifesting itself across Christian ministries.

252-One World 9-The Sin of the World

“What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Sin?”

Is sin merely a “bad deed” we do? Is it the “good deed” we didn’t do? In today’s podcast and post we look closer at how this Kindergarten understanding of sin has allowed institutionalized religion to manipulate our emotions and our behavior. We all see the sin and evil problem that exists in the world, so why hasn’t religion been able to solve it?

Join me now as we see beyond the legal problem of sin and discover why the sin problem is actually ontological and why that means religious solutions will continue to fail us. Is there any hope for the world? Yes, and it’s really good news.

212- Your Vice and Your Dream

“How well do you know your own vices? How well do you know your dream?

We all have a vice that no matter how hard we try to remove, continues to return in one form or another. We also in like manner, all have a dream. Some are working toward that dream, while others have given up on it, and some still trying to figure it out.

In today’s post we examine the relationship between our vice and our dream and discover why we typically see them as two different things. Join me now as we see beyond our vice and discover its causal relationship to our biggest dream for life.

176-Falling By the Wayside

 

“How do you or your religious institution deal with sin?”

If your experience is like mine, then you are probably used to pastors and religious leaders going on and on about sin and dealing with it in very severe ways and in dramatic fashion. In today’s podcast and post we learn that Paul’s recommendation is the exact opposite.

Join me now as we see beyond the “teeter totter” sin management systems of religion that push our anthropology down and our Christology up. The result is a gospel freedom not from our sin, but despite it.

175- The Drawer of Naughtiness

 

“How successful have you been at eradicating sin from your life?”

I know that’s a loaded question but my hope is that you will answer it honestly and recognize that while some sins may cease or diminish, there are still a host of sins in our lives that simply won’t go away. What are we to do with those?

In today’s post and podcast we continue our exploration of Galatians when Paul opens up what I call the junk drawer of naughtiness. His list of interpersonal transgressions is very long and it’s likely some of your besetting sins are on it. Join me now as we learn to see beyond the battle of flesh and the spirit and gain a new way to understand and live with these two powerful forces within us.

174- Tempering Over-Desire…

 

“Do you have an area of your life that no matter how hard you try, lasting change seems impossible?

In today’s podcast and post, we continue our study of Galatians and explore how internal freedom is entangled in the captivity of our flesh. We’re camping out on this topic for a few weeks because so many of us work from a flawed understanding and thus we fail not despite our best efforts but because of them.

Join me now as we reframe the battle of the flesh vs the spirit into a dance of necessary tension. This not only allows us to live from a place of inner freedom but it gives us the lens to see beyond everything.

173- Shadow: Interplay with Light

 

“Are you aware of your shadow self? Do you understand your dark side?”

In today’s podcast and post, we continue our study of Galatians and explore how internal freedom is entangled with the captivity of our flesh. In other words there is a constant dance between shadow and light, flesh and spirit.

Join me now as we learn about our dark side, and free ourselves from the old binary framework of good versus evil. We’ll explore the only possible reason our shadow can exist in the first place and why that allows us to see beyond everything.

99- What is Sin?

 

The subject of sin is one that makes most people unplug, unsubscribe or disconnect. I hope you don’t today. In this podcast and post I am not going where you probably think I am. Instead I will explain how the concept of sin is a universal understanding and all systems and religions have some plan for dealing with sin. Of course the solution we choose has everything to do with the definition we use. I will introduce a surprisingly paradoxical solution that is often missed by modern Christianity which promotes a sin management system. I will prove how sin is the opposite of faith and as such the solution is not limited to a particular belief, but faith. Sin, in the end, is the design of love so that we will neither miss God nor our purpose in the world.

86 – The Chasm

 

In part three of this series we examine a story that depicts a vast rift between Heaven and Hell called the great chasm. In this podcast and post I will show that this is not a geological feature of a literal Hell, but an aspect of separation within the heart. Furthermore, we discover that the chasm reveals the potentiation of seemingly small things and proves they are actually really big things. I show how all of religion tries to address this problem and I break down the solution to its most basic form that each of us can apply.