Finding a good church can be very difficult. Before making recommendations, I'd like to say a few things first. As a churchgoer since age 6, and as former pastor, it seems important to understand WHY some have a hard time finding a church where they feel comfortable. Here are some of the reasons given:

What is The Passion Bible? Is it a good Bible? Is it a good translation? Well... no. It's not.

Jesus told Peter he would have the keys to the Kingdom, and that he would bind things and loose things. There's a lot of confusion about this binding and loosing, and a lot of opinions. One reason for the many opinions is that Jesus didn't explain exactly what He meant, in terms we can easily understand today. Let's look at Matthew 16:19 to see what happened.

Is it Once Saved Always Saved? Can we lose our salvation? What does the Bible say? This important issue is an internal debate among Christians and should be addressed not by sharing our opinions, but by looking at Scripture. Disagreements should be handled with grace and truth.

Steven Furtick is a very popular speaker, a gifted communicator, and – based on the growth of his congregations – likely a gifted leader as well. He has a great amount of influence and a worldwide audience. Of course, those have nothing to do with whether he’s a false teacher.

There have been a lot of Bible translations in the 2000+ years since Jesus was born, died, and came back to life. This list is English-based... that is, I want to list the timeline from the original writings to modern English Bibles.

Supersessionism is the idea that the old covenant has been replaced - superseded - by the new covenant. By itself, this idea is entirely biblical. However: some other ideas are often lumped together with supersessionism, so we need to examine each idea separately.

Sounds simple, right? That sounds good to me… if everybody loved everybody else, our world would be far, far better. There would be no crime. No slavery. No prostitution. No abortion. Nobody would go hungry. Nobody would take advantage of another’s generosity. There would be no need for soldiers, or courts, or lawyers, or police. There would no metal detectors at airports, or security guards at the mall.

When were the books of the New Testament written? While there is some debate, I've compiled a list with the best scholarship I can find. I will continue to update the list as I get new information.

At the beginning of the Bible we see an account of the creation of the universe. Here is the order of creation as outlined in the first chapter of Genesis:

A simple listing of the authors of each book of the Bible. Religious Jews and Christians consider God to be the ultimate author of Scripture, using humans to communicate His message.

The doctrine of purgatory says that people suffer to pay for for their own sins. The Bible tells an entirely different story.

A lot of people, including many Christians, are confused about whether Christians should live by the 10 Commandments. There should be no confusion.

These words aren't found in the Bible, but that doesn't mean they're not biblical. They are, of course. However: that doesn't mean they're always useful.

Some people believe we should continue teaching unbiblical ideas because they can't think of a practical way to do God's work without those unbiblical ideas.

If you ask a bunch of people how they came to faith in Jesus, you'll hear a bunch of different stories. No two explanations are exactly alike. Still, it's helpful to understand what all of those stories might have in common.

What do angels, a compass, the four gospels, the 12 tribes, three animals and a man have to do with each other? Is there some hidden spiritual connection between them? Is there a biblical pattern to these things?

This is a very important question! I can tell you whether you’ll make it to Heaven. Seriously. It’s not that difficult.

I've spent a lot of time listening to Joseph Prince. I like the guy. Unfortunately, I feel the need to caution most believers to avoid listening to him.

Every now and then someone asks me whether I think God “calls” people into ministry… that is, whether God speaks to certain individuals and tells them to make ministry their full-time work.

When I was a teen, I went to a church in a Seattle suburb. Another church down the street had a split over doctrine. They were Seventh-Day Adventists.

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