I’m convinced that the big crisis for the church of Jesus Christ is not that we are easily dissatisfied, but that we are all too easily satisfied. We have a regular and perverse ability to make things work that are not and should not be working.We learn to adjust to things that we should alter. We learn to be okay with things we should be
About WayneWayne is a husband, father, avid reader and writer, and youth minister who happens to believe that Jesus is central to every aspect of life…the individual, family, society, government, philosophy, the arts…and everything in between. He’s committed to challenging preconceived notions about what it means to follow Jesus, and seeks to engage the culture instead of running from it.
Like the religious expert who questioned Jesus, sometimes we can become so enamored with understanding deep theological truths that we lose sight of what’s most important.When we stand before God someday, our theology will come to nothing......if we have failed to love those created in his image who stand before us today.Skye Jethani
As much as I may want to give up on evangelicalism, I cannot give up on Jesus and the church.I must affectionately pray for the family of God, the body of Christ. Those who love me, and those who despise me.As broken as we are, and as separate and splintered and filled with schisms, we are siblings.Eric Mason
True religion will never allow the first part of the Great Commandment (“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart…”) to become an excuse for not obeying the second part (“…and love your neighbor as yourself”). If you ever find yourself or your spiritual leader using the Bible as an excuse for apathy or inaction in the face of suffering and injustice, you
I think there are some N-words we should consider getting rid of...but nuance isn’t one of them.
If you are not feeding your soul on the realities of the presence, promises, and provisions of Christ......you will ask the people, situations, and things around you to be the messiah that they can never be. If you are not attaching your identity to the unshakable love of your Savior......you will ask the things in your life to be your Savior, and it will never
Ahmaud Arbery isn’t just another hashtag for me anymore.
Jesus could have called down the psalms of rage upon his enemies and shouted a final word of defiance before he breathed his last. Instead he called for forgiveness: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” he says in Luke 23.It was not a false reconciliation: Jesus experienced the reality of state-sponsored terror. That is why the black Christian has always
Today, many Christians are trapped in a culture war mindset believing whoever possesses political power can, and will, impose their values and beliefs on society. As Christians, we cannot, and should not, demand that everyone share our beliefs. But we can, and should, demand that everyone share our freedom.Because where this freedom exists, we know that Christ will be lifted up and draw people to
I’ve personally experienced what can happen when the gospel of Jesus Christ gets reduced to a series of theological ideas coupled with all the skills necessary to access those ideas.Bad things happen when maturity is more defined by knowing than it is by being.Danger is afloat when you come to love the ideas more than the God whom they represent and the people they are
For the person who hates, the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true.That’s what hate does. You can’t see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater .So Jesus says love, because hate destroys the hater as well as the
True Christianity stands in unwavering opposition to all forms of utilitarianism.Our faith affirms the God-given value of every person regardless of their usefulness.Yes, God has organized his world to be useful, but he has also imbued it with the impractical quality of beauty to remind us that value is not defined by usefulness.Skye Jethani
“I’m lookin’ for the map to hope...you seen it?”- NF (Hip Hop Artist) I’ve been listening to NF a lot lately. If you’re not familiar with his music, it’s known for having a moody, dark, yet refreshingly authentic vibe. NF deep dives into the roots of his emotional trauma, and does it in a way that is so creative and relatable that, in his own
Treasuring Christ is the obvious antidote to treasuring idols.Nothing destroys false worship like true worship.When we see the majesty, glory, greatness, and sufficiency of God, we are drawn out of ourselves and toward Him.Robert H. Thune
True faith is not a denial of present realities.Neither does it mean ignoring the real pain and sorrow that fills this world.Instead, it means, like Mary (mother of Jesus), accepting and mourning our losses, but also seeing them in the light of God’s promise to make all things new.Skye Jethani