I want you to be alive. Let me tell you why.
The songs we sing back to God should, of course, be honest. But, they should also be holy—as God is holy. How do we strike the balance between honesty and reverence?
I’m sorry to be the one to have to tell you about all of this, but this is the world our children are growing up in and it's the one we currently live in. And if we can’t talk about any of it in the church, then others will. And the consequences of our silence won't be pretty.
People get in debates about the mission of the church and talk about it in really abstract ways. Sometimes this leads to people saying or thinking, “The church should just preach the gospel.” Well, should it?