Even if millions of Jesus clones could somehow produce a functioning society, his example would still fail to address the vast array of choices and experiences even within the life of one individual. Consider this admittedly-hard-to-follow quote from the singular mind of John Oman: But, when we imagine that we can finally direct our lives … Continue reading Multiple Personality Design – DDWJWD Part4
God is more to be feared than any consequence of obeying him.
I read a story today that made me weep tears of joy. Kenda Creasy Dean in her book Almost Christian, urges the church to reclaim the unmixed gospel as the basis for teen discipleship. Why? Because of an ESPN article on high school football, that's why! Grapevine, Texas—one of Money Magazine’s top 100 “best places to … Continue reading Love Your Opponent
I used to have a recurring nightmare. I'd enter a dark room where I sensed a malevolent presence. Instinctively, I'd flip the switch on the wall, but the light wouldn't respond. Fear would grip my heart as I vainly repeated my attempts to shed light on whoever or whatever approached me in the darkness. It's … Continue reading Black Light
I know a man who is haunted by Matthew 7:21-23. He won't declare with 100% certainty that he is destined for eternal life and there is nothing anyone can say to assure him. Having read this quote this morning, I wonder if he is not plagued with spiritual pride. Don't get me wrong. He's not … Continue reading Mere Christianity – Chapter 8 – “The Great Sin” – C.S. Lewis
That voice in your head saying you're in the right and everyone else is wrong is leading you down a path of isolation and pain.
We're a curious species. And as the saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." I'm not saying that it's bad to learn. God gave us these wonderful minds and we commit sacrilege when we discourage honest inquiry into reality. God also gave us boundaries such as the inability to see the future or to know for … Continue reading False Prophets, Figs and Faithfulness
The following article is about atheism and philanthropy. Notice that of the $430,000 raised for cancer research in 2012 by "atheist groups," $215,000 came from Stiefel (who is independently wealthy) and that a large portion of the remainder came from Christians. No wonder Stiefel doesn't want to entirely alienate religious people. Obviously, he recognizes that they're the … Continue reading Charity Disparity
I have some friends who've recently come to faith. They're from a subculture very disparate from mine. They've drawn me into conversations I've never had with other church members. Since they're new believers and I'm a pastor, I usually see our interactions as an opportunity for me to assist their spiritual growth. I find myself … Continue reading Learning to Learn
I just came back from a meeting with my daughter and two of her friends. They attend a charter school in the area. I've been challenging and equipping them to reach their fellow students with the gospel. Today they kind of pushed back and told me that their classmates are particularly hostile to people attempting "push their … Continue reading Pusher