Far too often those lunch buddies are like-minded people that we have pre-approved as worthy of our fellowship. I do it too, but the flaw in this is that we are not leaning into the tension of the teachings of Christ...
I don’t even know why, but from the time I was a kid I always loved Galatians 6:7: “Don’t be deceived, God will not be mocked; whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.”
Some will say that denominations are unnecessary and actually hinder the commission of Christ to the universal Church. I submit that denominations are not perfect in any way, however, their existence is more important to the complete fulfillment of the commission of Christ.
I was so afraid of hell. So afraid of God’s punishment. I felt so undeserving of any forgiveness and it didn’t give me peace. It made me feel guilty.
Often times we seem to get confused between what our job is and what our purpose is. People let what they do define who they are. In the process, they think that what they do is why they exist in the first place.
Just because you can’t control your hands doesn’t mean it’s okay to hit people and just because you can’t control your mouth doesn’t mean it’s okay to hurt them.
"No person in their right mind would run back to an old master. In the 1800's, masters brutally beat and dehumanized their slaves and all the more when captors returned these runaways. In this sudden moment of realization, a truth actualized in my mind: we do the same thing...'
I was a solitary believer. At this point, you could say I'm more or less a Jesus-leaning Deist with all sorts of Buddhist and Gnostic flavors and notes. Spiritually, I'm kinda like wine.
Wisdom doesn’t just rely on how much you know, but rather also counts on a person’s ability to navigate through situations that may involve such things as emotions and understanding circumstances.
I can’t help but wonder what God feels when He looks at the world. What did He feel when Eve bit into the apple? The Heart that sends Itself to die must be a broken one.
It’s easy to feel jaded when you hear about people going on international service or missions trips, but if the opportunity arises for you, I seriously implore you to consider going. You probably won’t make a dramatic career change, but I fully expect it will increase your empathy for others and change your perspective.
There is only one truth, one way to the Father, and it is not virginity, it is not a six-day creation, and it is definitely not anti-immigration laws.
"The title of this blog isn’t for shock value or to be controversial. It’s not meant as click bait to get more views generated. As a Christian man, it’s exactly how I feel. Let me explain…."
This doesn't always happen.
I wouldn't even say this happens most of the time or even more than a negligible percentage of the time.
I don’t think we should ever tire of justice. We should never stop doing what is right. Yes, sometimes it might become mainstream, or annoying, or twisted and perverted, but thank God it’s on our radar.
Our ability to be the most effective, the best versions of ourselves, is determined greatly by what we choose to be humbled by.
When a person refuses to look at you, when they hide their face so that they are not seen, when they blatantly turn their backs to you… It struck me in that moment that this was exactly what God was doing to Moses.
We sit and we wait to be motivated to do those things that we’ve resolved beforehand, and in doing so we completely disregard how motivation works.
"I’m a lot of things that the classic western church tries to avoid: an intellectual, science loving, environmentalist, postmodern art aficionado, democrat, feminist mystic with a smart mouth and a deep love of bourbon. Sometimes I feel excluded from the church conversation... The world likes what I’m about. Incidentally, so does Jesus. He has made that abundantly clear in the direction He points His favor."