The Christian Way to Eat a Steak for Spiritual Growth

Nearly every time I order a steak, my wife and I share a quick look at each other. We understand the running joke. I laugh because she orders over-cooked meat, and she laughs because I order under-cooked meat. I’m quickly learning, there’s no “right way” to order a steak. But there is a Christian way. And chewing on a steak is a lot like trying grow spiritually and emotionally through a conversation with someone. To put it succinctly, this isn’t easy. I really want growth to be simple and easy, but it just isn’t. I have to deal with different, and sometimes wrong, opinions. I have to work through my own emotions as well as the emotions of the other person. And I have to put this in the context of what I find in Scripture so that I can apply it to my life in a productive way. This is all really tough. But, they don’t call them growing pains because my body feels great. Spiritual and Emotional growth is no different. Continue Reading...

Finally, a Chance to Ask the Question You Never Felt You Could

Imagine a Christian community where every question is appropriate. It’s not that this community wants to recreate Christianity. That would be counter-productive to the work of God. Instead, this community asks questions because every member has a deep desire for the truth found in Scripture as revealed in Jesus. Theology In Progress is that community. It’s a community that exists to see people grow in Christ through every conversation. It’s a community created to be a safe place to voice questions, uncertainties, and struggles we all face as part of our Christian lives. This can be a place to deal with simple questions like, “How should I tell my neighbor about Jesus?” But it’s more importantly a place to deal with the tough, deep issues we all face but are afraid to admit. These issues are where the theological rubber meets the road of Christian experience. Continue Reading...