Challenging Things to Think About
This page is not so much about teaching and doctrine, but just some challenges for your Christian life.
Hopefully you will find something here to challenge not just your thinking but also your living.
Why do I always have this nagging anxiety that there is something I should have done, but I didn’t do it?
Every hour, 6,000 people die. Where do they go?
What are you going to do about it?
How committed do I have to be to Yeshua? How much is enough?
How can you make change in your life that will last and be satisfying?
It’s very dangerous to quote single verses where the context might be misunderstood.
How much of the gospel do I need to be able to explain to get into Heaven?
Is it ever wrong to rush somewhere in a hurry?
Everything isn’t always black and white.
Here is a quiz to help you find out what you think about what behaviour is right and wrong.
In the Bible, famines, disease, drought, were usually caused by God.
When we give to the poor, especially with overseas aid, we have to be very sure we are not fighting against God.
Don’t you hate it when you do the right thing, but the other guy who selfishly does the wrong thing gets the reward?
Islam didn’t come onto the scene until 500 years after Jesus walked the Earth, but perhaps the Bible isn’t so silent on this rising force in world religious and political circles.
What does it mean to be holy? Is it the same as being righteous?
When we question and criticise God because of people’s suffering we are revealing a basic misunderstanding of our role (and his)?
No battle anywhere in the Bible was ever won by one army having more soldiers. What does that mean for us and the modern church?
Your words have power to bless or to curse. Choose wisely. Once they’re out there, they can’t be taken back.
What is the world’s impression of Christianity?
What should it be?
It’s very easy to jump to conclusions about other people’s motives. But it’s much better to just stick to the facts.
Sometimes a relationship has gotten so bad that one person has completely given up hope and just wants to end it. Is there still anything that can be done? Or is it just too late?
Accountability is a thing now. But it doesn’t work. And there are good Biblical reasons why not.
Why do we turn to non-Christians to help us whenever we have a financial crisis in the church? Is there an alternative?
Doing what God tells us is nowhere near enough to please him. In fact it shows that we are worthless servants.
Why do we pretend that we are not what we are? Why do we hide the real us from other people?
Somehow it seems to be in our nature to add ritual to religion. At the cost of relationship.
What if you were a missionary just arrived to where you live now. How would you do church?
We think some things are random, happening by chance. Coincidences. But is that right?
The church seems much more focused on uniformity than unity. How about you?
There seems to be a lot of suffering and pain in the world. Most of us think that if we were God we would do something to stop it. So why doesn’t God do something?
Will you step outside the gate and identify with Jesus, accepting his shame and disgrace?
It’s bad enough that the Olympics have become all about money.
But what is happening in the church is much worse and absolutely shocking.
It’s hard to imagine church without Sunday School.
But what if Sunday School has had it’s day?
Traditions are a big part of modern church life. But should they be? What if our traditions are doing more harm than good?
How important is it for Christians to be different from the world around us?
Or should we be trying harder to blend in?
I often hear people teaching about wives and submission. But I don’t hear anyone talking about husbands and sacrifice.
Why do we do that and what’s it all about?
The story of Les Miserables has a great illustration for us of the difference between a life of law and a life of grace.
The difference between a good crop and a poor crop is the quality of the soil.
How good is the soil that the message of God lands in when you hear it?
The church has been sent. But is it going?
They’re lost. Get it? They can’t find their way here.
Someone is going to have to go and find them.
We expect our leaders to be perfect. When they’re not we fire them.
How does that fit with our theology that we’re all broken sinners?
Your culture colours everything you see. It interprets everything that happens around you.
How aware of it are you? And how much is it altering how you “do” Christianity?
How hard is it to change a church?
Is it even possible? Or should we just hit “Reset” and start again?
When you become a Christian it is like you become a beautiful flower that everyone suddenly notices and admires.
But is that all there is?
What kind of eternity should Hitler get?
What kind of eternity should you get?
Does the Bible say anything about Global Warming? And what the solution is?
Do you have much stuff?
Or does it have you?
How do you gain victory over sin?
You can’t. It’s impossible for you. Give up. Stop trying.
How bad a sinner are you?
With skyrocketing housing prices many Western Christians have become millionaires without doing anything for it. Just by living in their family home for 30 years and paying it off (at the price it was when they bought it).
But it’s pretty rare to find one of them who has given any percentage at all of that to God and to his work in the church.
In the West our Christianity is so bound up with our culture that if we were to take Christianity to another country, how would we separate our culture from real Christianity?
Gossip has become part of our daily lives.
But how bad is it really?
If John 17 is the real “Lord’s Prayer”? Then what is the one we learn to recite as children really saying?
Who’s in control of your life? You?
Is that a good idea?
How do you respond when people throw rocks at you?
Do you throw them back?
Poor people are just lazy. So they deserve it.
Rich people have been blessed by God.
If God is loving why does he allow evil?
Or are we asking the wrong question?
How do we live on a fallen earth as citizens of heaven without becoming one of them?
Is it as simple as living like the exiles we read about in Daniel and Jeremiah?
The Bible says that every person on the planet shares at least 20 ancestors in common.
So there is only one “race”, the human race. And we are all literally one big family.
Most Christians think they keep the 10 commandments.
In reality they’ve probably broken all of them, but Western Christians seem particularly guilty of coveting, and we train our children to do it too.
What is prayer? What should we pray for?
Is there anything we shouldn’t pray for?
”User Pays” is becoming more and more the expectation these days. Things aren’t free any more.
So is it OK for churches to charge for sermons? Discipleship? Counselling? Coffee?
To recoup the growing cost of providing those services.