Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
This Week’s Question: Does the Bible refer to prejudicial or discriminatory actions in Scriptures other than James? If so, where, and what is the context?
No other Biblical writer addresses prejudice or discrimination as comprehensively as James, but other books have nuggets to understand why prejudice and discrimination are anathema to God. Genesis 1:26a, and 27 are great verses for initiating this discussion, “Then God…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on November 11, 2019 at 9:17pm — No Comments
This Week’s Question: From a Biblical perspective, what is prejudice or discrimination?
James 2:1-9 is a great passage for answering this question because it uses four Greek words to define prejudice from God’s perspective. The dictionary definition is “a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.” Using this definition as a backdrop, James, in Verse 1, warns against showing partiality or having respect of…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on November 4, 2019 at 3:45am — No Comments
My evangelism team consisting of myself, a nine-year-old boy, a PhD student, and a former gang member who spent 15 years in prison. We approached a young lady trying to get her wiggly 2-year-old into the car. After small talk, bending down and introducing myself to Carter, I asked,…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on October 28, 2019 at 2:29pm — No Comments
This Week’s Question: There should be little disagreement that discrimination remains a part of the social fabric of America, so what are the underlying problems with showing partiality or favoritism, as commanded by James in James 2:1-9?
According to James there are several problems associated with showing favoritism! Nevertheless, the favoritism James describes is not based upon an affinity one person has towards another because of one’s personal knowledge…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 28, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
My good friend, Phil, recently asked how I "re-imagine" discipling in today's world. My reply to him, as you'll see here, does not point to trendy technology or novel approaches. It points instead to timeless truth and ancient paths -- for ourselves and our grandchildren.
I re-imagine that we'd "zero-base" our goals and strategies for cultivating Christlikeness in ourselves and others. Starting at zero, we'd…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on October 28, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
Today's Question: Broadly speaking, what are the major issues James confronts in Chapter 2, and what is the gist of his arguments?
In Chapter 2 James discusses three important correlations that all Christians would do well to heed. The first (verses 1-9), addresses the relationship between the rich and poor. James scoffs at Christians who cater to the rich while ignoring the plight of poor people, and speaks of scoffers as unrighteous judges with evil…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 19, 2019 at 9:34pm — No Comments
Who am I? I am Rev. Philip L. Hilliard, the Senior Pastor of Austin Corinthian Baptist Church (ACBC), located on the Westside of Chicago. ACBC, was founded by my father, the late Rev. Clarence L. Hilliard – my mentor and spiritual leader, and I studied and received Biblical training under him. Therefore, I have no formal Bible Training since my undergrad degree is in business and I spent over 30 years in the Information Technology field; most of which was spent traveling coast-to-coast…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 15, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments
Paul was the disciple and discipler par excellence. While his and our perfect example is the Messiah, and we are commanded to "walk as He walked" (1 John 2:6) Christ was sinless and we are not.
Because Paul had a sinful nature just as we do, and for several other important reasons, Paul understood the outworkings of the high calling as no one else did. Therefore Paul could make this astounding declaration "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ" (1…Continue
Added by Jean-Claude Chevalme on October 13, 2019 at 12:29pm — No Comments
By Allen White
The American church is off-mission.Continue
Added by Allen White on October 7, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
To reimagine is not to change what we believe but how we think.
If we are unable to differentiate between our beliefs (theology, doctrines) and thoughts (ideas, applications, systems, best practices), then we will ultimately be unable to defend our values and discern the foundations of social change and political preferences.
To reimagine, is to rethink, review and revise, prompted by a Holy Spirit revealed…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on September 11, 2019 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Larry (not his real name) lived across the street during high school. We played on the golf team together, but Larry was a much better golfer. After I trusted Christ, I share the good news with Larry. He called me soon afterward and said, “Mark, I placed my faith in Christ and am so excited. Can I see you?”
I couldn’t wait to see Larry. I lived off campus. Larry knocked on my door, and we talked awhile. “Let’s go to a park and share our faith,” Larry said. “Sounds like a great idea,”…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on September 10, 2019 at 10:38pm — No Comments
It’s humbling to discover you’re not indispensable. This unpleasant experience happened to me a few months ago when I had to go on medical leave from work.
The whole thing was unimaginable. Within days I went from having a full-time job I loved to no longer even having a workable scan key to get me into the building.
Most humbling of all was having to encounter the painful Myth of Indispensability. Put simply, this myth says people can’t survive without us. We’re irreplaceable…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on September 2, 2019 at 7:17pm — No Comments
As most of my closest friends already know, doctors have recently diagnosed me with cancer. Unbelievable. I certainly never thought it would happen to me.
Although this is supposedly a highly “treatable” form of cancer, that’s not particularly comforting. In the old days, cancer was virtually a death sentence, which has caused me to reflect on some insightful words from the apostle Paul:
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,…Continue
If you want to be my follower you must love me more than
your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters –
yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you…Continue
What if the best way to view prayerfully sitting before the Lord is to see it as one-on-one discipleship with Him - or as I like to call it; "The One-on-one…Continue
Added by Amy Jo on July 27, 2019 at 8:09pm — No Comments
A seven-year study of the causes of death among teens in America observed that the top three causes of death were accidents, homicide, and suicide.* Almost half of those tragedies—about 68,000 deaths—were accidents, and most of those accidents—about 46,000—were by motor vehicle.
Sit back for a…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on July 19, 2019 at 3:58am — No Comments
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me.
Psalm 66:20 NLT
I have not rejected your prayer—I have responded to you.
When you confess your…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 2, 2019 at 2:56pm — No Comments
Joe and Mary enter the church and talk to long-term friends. They get a cup of coffee and ask how Sarah how she’s enjoying their new house. Joe and Mary sit down in their familiar seats by the center aisle so they can leave quickly. They sing some songs, hear a message, and then go home.
A church culture has dominated a mission culture in many of our churches. Too many "Christians" are busy playing church instead of seeking the heart of Jesus. As a result, the church is declining in…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on June 16, 2019 at 7:38pm — No Comments
Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.
Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on June 16, 2019 at 4:52am — No Comments
Reading through the Old Testament book of Judges recently, a sentence jumped off the page and jabbed at my heart: After them another generation rose up who did not know the…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments