“Belonging to God’s family is not simply a matter of birth or ancestry as many Jews at the time believed. They claimed the name of God for themselves but often failed to display his character. The two, however, are inseparable. Those who are truly God’s children and bear his name, Jesus says, are those who […]
Are issues of social justice always just a local matter?
“Someone once said that ‘a community is where the person you like least always is.’ When you think about it, the early church was comprised of individuals, Jews and Gentiles, that despised each other. Yet they found themselves in the same fellowship purely because of the cross. But in the American church, we want to […]
Is control really the main issue behind gun control?
Joel 2:12-13 (NLT) “That is why the LORD says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’ Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionately, slow to get angry […]
“Real Christian unity isn’t driven by ‘sameness’. You know…‘we all like the same stuff, we all like the same color, we all wear the same clothes, we all watch the same movies, we all have the same politics’. That’s not us…because anybody can be united when they agree on everything. Our unity is based on […]
“I know what it is to hate. I also know what it is like to hate all the ‘right things’ and deceive yourself by masking it in virtue. It’s okay to hate baby rapists, right? Wife beaters? Tweakers? Neo-nazis? You know, just the bad people. No…no it is not. That part about ‘love your enemies?’ […]
“We must never preach violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross…the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, or the violence of hatred. It is the violence […]
“So…Jesus is hanging out with His disciples for a couple of years, and then tells them one day, ‘I’ll be leaving you, and it’s better for you that I leave.’ His disciples are like, ‘Why is that better’? He tells them that when He leaves, He’ll send the Holy Spirit who will instruct you in […]
“A divided country needs a united church.” ~ Ed Stetzer
“Sometimes we are so focused on what we want that we don’t see what others need.” ~ Catrell Anderson
“No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves… …instead of […]