Porn and sexual sins are ravaging the Body of Christ. Most of the people fighting these addictions don't seek help. In fact, most deal with a level of shame and condemnation that drives the sin further underground. If that's you or someone you love, you're not alone. Freedom is possible and closer than you think.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
You haven't forgotten that we're at war, have you? The church and the world have been at war from the beginning. As followers of Christ, we enlisted in the army of God when we said yes to Him. Now, we have to remember who the enemy really is and how to engage in battle properly.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
There is an area of people's lives that has become a center of living as if there is no God while claiming to follow and serve Him. It's sex. The practice is called sexual atheism and it's the acceptable sin of an entire generation.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Well, Deadpool is out now and making a lot of money. He's the most successful of the string of antiheroes embraced by our culture but he's not the latest. Look no further than to the Father of Lies himself as a crimefighting detective. Lucifer as an antihero? Why not? We like them nasty.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Abortion is still a hot topic. If you doubt that, look no further than the histrionics coming from NARAL over a funny Doritos commercial. This is an issue we must face head on but how we do that is very important. Our approach to protecting life will mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
- 33% of youth pastors admit to pornography addiction or to struggling with pornography
- 40-45% of Christian men admit to being addicted to pornography
- 70% admit to struggling with porn
- 25% of all internet downloads are porn related
- Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 125 million copies worldwide with an estimated reach of nearly double that amount with libraries and book sharing. Millions of Christian women have been exposed to the BDSM lifestyle in its pages.
- Surveys range from 25-40% of women admitting a pornographic addiction.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Recently, a friend from the last congregation we served as pastors started listening to the podcast. He asked me about the name and where it came from. It occurred to me that if he asked that there are others wondering the same thing.
Jesus' Outsider was born from the life that the Lovely Bride and I have always lived. When it came time to shut down my (mercifully) short-lived political program and go back to the Gospel, we spent a lot of time in prayer about the name and the format. Ultimately, it was our identity in Christ that was the inspiration for the name.
For as long as I can remember, I have been an outcast. As a kid and teen, I was too geeky for the cool kids, not good enough for the A Band, and not athletic in the slightest. Even in the Navy, I wasn't exactly Mr. Popularity. Once I came to Christ, that continued. At first, many well intentioned people tried to shape me to fit the mold of what they thought I should be. Once that didn't work, I was relegated to the work that no one else really wanted. On occasion, I found a few people that I fit with but, for a wide range of reasons, these times were relatively short. The same is true of the lovely bride.
We've been a part of a lot of groups but, with most of them, we were in the but not really part of the group. The best description I can come up with is that we have been the socially acceptable outcasts.
This is the source of the name. We belong to Christ (There's a possessive to Jesus that we are His) but have always been on the edge of His people. After lamenting this for years, we finally accepted the situation as an asset rather than a liability. As outsiders, we can take on the issues that the insiders may not be comfortable addressing. We can reach out to the people that the majority doesn't know how to reach. Since then, the Lord has been close to us. We are outsiders and outcasts that found our home in Him.
Over the years, we have found others that are like us. They want Jesus but feel rejected by His people. Many, like us, have experienced what it's like to be forced into a mold that they just don't fit into no matter how hard they try. The outsiders, the hurting, the mentally ill, the seekers, and the rejects within the Body are the ones we connect with. As fellow outsiders, we understand where they are.
As I said, being outsiders for us has been freeing. There's nothing we can't address. We are privileged to preach freedom from the challenges and sins that the church doesn't want to address. Porn, mental illness, and others avoided by too much of the Body are our bread and butter. Our mission is to reach the unreachable, the teach the church to love the unloveable, and speak what many consider unspeakable.
We are Jesus' Outsiders. We belong to Him in Whom the reject, the outcast, and the nobody can find home.
Monday, February 8, 2016
There is a trait that we don't talk about much anymore yet it is important. It encompasses many of the virtues we need to successfully walk as disciples of Christ. If properly taught, this one forgotten trait might even bring more men back into the church.