Jason Harris Articles 814
Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"How do you reconcile the angry, wrathful God of the Old Testament to the loving, good God of the New Testament?" It's a question that I've wrestled with and am often asked about so I've decided to compile a small list of resources to address it. These are sermons I've preached to our assembly. I pray they will be of assistance to you. God bless you. Series: The Gospel of God: Paul's Letter to the Romans Sermon 3: God's Glorious Anger (Romans 1:18-32)Sermon 15: Saved from God to Joy in God (Romans 5:9-11) Series: To Those Who Believe: A Study in Galatians Sermon 10: The Gospel to Abraham (Galatians 3:7-9)Sermon 11: Two Roads Diverge (Galatians 3:10-14)Sermon 12: Irrevocable (Galatians 3:15-18) Series: The Greatest Story: Jesus in the Old Testament Read more
A number of months ago, David Strain wrote an open letter to "Thomas," a fictional seminary student struggling with same-sex attraction. I appreciated the tone of his letter. It was a welcome contrast to Phil Johnson's handling of the topic to which I offered a somewhat salty—but no less intellectually and biblically rigorous—response. Hope for Thomas My goal here is to address David's error in order to give people like Thomas some hope. Not the pseudo-hope that Thomas is just-like-me-only-completely-different or the well-intentioned hope that Thomas needs to be repenting for his mere existence just like I'm repenting for my sin. Wait. Before you walk away writing that off as some cheap shots, be Thomas for a minute. Read that letter and imagine the existential despair of being told by you... Read more
Let's face it. Conservative Christians tend to be wary of the social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology. I have many friends in church leadership who view the soft sciences with moderated suspicion at least. Others reject them overtly. And this feels reasonable because, it is argued, the social sciences aren't "real" science. And they have been hijacked by radicals who use them to push an anti-Christian agenda. And they treat sin as illness. And they try to address issues that should be addressed from Scripture. I'm a social scientist. And a pastor. I have a graduate diploma in research methods and am a PhD candidate in progress. And I pastor a small church plant. And I do a lot of counselling. So I wanted to take a moment to argue that Christians should be the last p... Read more
Moments ago I saw the news of an American megachurch pastor, Andrew Stoecklein, who took his own life after a battle with depression and anxiety. Almost immediately the commentary on facebook began. As a pastor who battles mental health struggles, I feel compelled to insert a few thoughts into the discussion. But first, my heart goes out to Andrew's family. This is a world-shattering moment for them. I pray that God will give them comfort and hope in the middle of this terrible and painful time. Here are the three things I want to say to the rest of us in this moment: 1) Discouragement is not depression. Don't trivialise Andrew's story by confusing depression with discouragement. It is quite common in moments like this—and I've already seen it today—for people to start talking about how ha... Read more
Phil Johnson recently began stirring the pot on the non-neutrality of same-sex attraction (SSA). You can read it here and here. It's the sort of cantankerous monologue you'd expect from a hard-line fundamentalist like Phil. But he's finally provoked me enough to get me writing. So that's something. First, let's clarify that this isn't about the conference that got Phil so wound up. I have no comment to make about that conference since I know almost nothing about it and it's not the point. The point is that Phil has taken it as an opportunity to address what he sees as the "underlying theory." And I think he's right. The legitimacy of SSA is the underlying issue. It seems Phil has only recently come to realise that this is the mainstream evangelical position. I suspect this is evidence that... Read more