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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.
In these unprecedented times, it’s natural to want a sense of control by looking to the past.You will likely hear many people, including some Christian leaders, offering certainty about what is to come. Faith does not mean trusting our ability to predict the future by looking at God’s past actions. True faith means surrendering the future and trusting in God’s character which is the same yesterday, today,
The ministry of the gospel in our churches involves more than doctrinal argumentation. The work of the gospel is subtle, like the work of a fragrance. It is not just brute facts landing hard on someone’s mind, but an aroma wafting into a heart. And this light contact proves to be life or death.Such is the astonishing power of the gospel of God.Ray Ortlund
Americans spend nearly $7 billion a year on Christian merchandise. That’s a lot of Jesus t-shirts and bible covers. But if all the ‘Jesus junk’ was taken away, how would anyone know you belong to Christ?Jesus said the world would know we are his disciples by our love, not by our bumper stickers.Skye Jethani
What do a country music superstar and a Hall of Fame NFL running back have in common?
The Gospels are more than books of theological insight.They do more than reveal doctrine, and Jesus wasn’t just motivated by an eschatological impulse to reveal God’s kingdom. While all of that is true, none of it negates his profoundly emotional, personal care for the hurting individuals he encountered. Skye Jethani
There are some words nowadays that you don’t ever want to be labeled with. This is one of them.
The primary barrier to displaying the beauty of Jesus in our churches comes from the way we re-insert ourselves into that sacred center that belongs to Him alone.Exalting ourselves always diminishes His visibility.That is why cultivating a gospel culture requires a profound, moment by moment, ‘unselfing’ by every one of us.Ray Ortlund
Just thoughts from a Kobe fan...nothing more, nothing less.
We ought to be thankful for godly families, good churches, and useful educations.But these good things can become the very things that keep us from Jesus if we put our trust in them rather than in Him.We can become so proud of being a Christian that we lose sight of our need for Christ.Ray Ortlund
“We look for our true identity, our ‘soul’s picture’, in many things. The culture tells us it can be found in accomplishments, relationships, or possessions. Scripture tells us something very different. Our true identity cannot be discovered or constructed; it can only be received. It is given to us by the only One who can see what we truly are.”Skye Jethani
It’s okay to plant the seeds and watch God work.
I realize this sounds hard. Delaying gratification, doing what’s right, surrendering your will. It might seem like teeth-gritting, white-knuckling stuff. But it isn’t. As we’ll discover, though building self-control requires effort, it gets easier as you go. Eventually, it can feel like gliding. In a beautiful twist of biblical irony, submission leads to victory. Surrender produces freedom. As you are liberated from the tyranny of
“Today value is increasingly measured by publicity, not privacy, and we are losing sight of the truth that genuine intimacy requires secrecy. This cultural desire to be seen makes us approve Jesus’ call to, ‘Let your light shine before others’......but we forget that in the same sermon Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them.’~ Skye