Klinton Silvey

An Honest Review of God’s Not Dead

First of all, I ask that you don’t read this review unless you are going to read the whole thing, word-for-word until the end. Of course this is all just my opinion, but if you care to know what I think, I want to be sure you don’t think I think something I don’t think. Got it? If you’re unfamiliar the plot of God’s Not Dead revolves around a Christian student defending the existence of God against his atheist philosophy…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 3: My Christian Service Always Pleases God

At my local church, it is made clear that every member of the body is expected to serve the Lord in some way.  I agree with that 100%. So, what’s the problem? The problem occurs at the individual level when a person believes that their service is primary, and that God is always pleased when someone tries to serve Him. Pick almost any book in the Bible, and I’m sure I can show you an example where people were serving…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 2: God Would Never Ask Me to Do Anything “Irresponsible”

I don’t think I can say it any better than David Platt does, so I’m just going to use his metaphor: If we’re going to call Jesus “Lord,” He demands that we give Him a “blank check” of our lives. This means that in all things, Jesus decides. Jesus, not we, decides where we live, what job we have, what car we drive (if any), what kind of house we live in, how much money we make, what level of…

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Lies the Church has Adopted Part 1: Sex and Marriage are the Real Sources of Fulfillment

American culture is sex-obsessed, and so are a lot of churches. We just manifest this obsession in a different way. I am convinced that the vast, vast majority of American church-goers have unknowingly adopted the mainstream view that sexual gratification is necessary to live a fulfilled, happy life. We just add the caveat that you need to be married first. If we don’t want to talk so openly about sex being ultimate, we certainly don’t have any qualms about placing…

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Does your Church even matter?

My title might look like a ridiculous question, but it is one that needs to be asked by each and every one of us. So, does your church matter? Your initial response was probably like mine: “Of course! Every church matters.” OK then, what makes your church matter? The answer to this question is inextricably linked to another question — Is your church full of disciples who are passionately concerned with making more disciples? If you had to honestly answer,…

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Bathsheba, a Mother of Jesus

If you haven’t taken a close look at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew, my headline might seem shocking, maybe even blasphemous. However, she is listed, not by name, but simply as Solomon’s mother, “…the wife of Uriah.” And, at least to me, Bathsheba’s story is one of the greatest accounts of God’s grace and redemption in the entire Bible. Bathsheba came to my attention as I was trying to come up with a subject for this week’s column. My…

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The Church Needs Some Drama Queens

At the RZIM Summer institute, I met a guy whom we called “Joey B.” Joey B was an active participant in the worship and lectures. If he heard something he liked, you would hear him say “That’s so good!” or “Come onnn!” At first, I and others found this to be a little distracting. I actually wanted him to stop — that was me being foolish. You see, Joey B actually had the joy of the Lord in his heart.…

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Quote that Scripture (Secretly…)

Believe it or not, I have found that most non-believers agree with almost all of what the Bible says – especially when it comes to the pitiful state of humanity and the need for transformation – as long as they don’t know that the Bible says it. For example: Take anyone struggling with any kind of addiction or self-control problem. Chances are if you said, “I know what you mean, it’s like that which I want to do, I don’t…

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Is The Bible True Because It’s God’s Word?

No. The Bible is not true because it is God’s Word. Don’t. Panic. Keep. Reading. Absolutely, the Bible is God’s Word, but that is not what makes the Bible true. The Bible is true because it is true. Profound, I know. But please, hear me out. You see, something that is true accurately reflects reality. This is how we know there are some things God cannot do. If someone told you that God said He has made a circle in…

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Truth, tolerance, logic

Why Bother With Apologetics?

If you believe in Jesus, then apologetics is for you; it is not just for “intellectuals.” The clearest definition I’ve heard is that apologetics is the communication and defense of the Christian gospel. I have heard some speakers say that “God does not need His people to defend Him.” Of course that is true in a literal sense, as if God is in danger. But God certainly uses people to speak for Him. God certainly does not accept blasphemy. And…

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