“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 […]
I think this Christmas rally could have used a bit more “Christ”.
“Marilynne Robinson has observed, ‘The word Christian now is seen less as identifying an ethic, and more as identifying a demographic.’ In other words, being a Christian in our society is more about what you buy and how you vote, rather than how you care for people. Rather than showing the world our faith through […]
Is he in…or not?
“The temptation of the devil was (and is) this: ‘Don’t risk yourself on God. Trust your own instincts. Live from within yourself. You need to take control, because you cannot trust God.’ Adam fell for this temptation. As a result, we are now born bent in on ourselves. It feels normal to rest our hopes […]
“The fear of living an insignificant life resonates with many of us, but in our exhibitionist culture we’ve been formed to believe that significance comes from being noticed. This explains both our culture’s deification of celebrities and disregard for the unborn. Celebrities are valued merely because they are seen by millions, while unborn babies are […]
“In our society, the only value an object has is the value I give it. A commodity exists to satisfy my desire and supply my needs—nothing more. Because consumerism has formed us to engage both goods and people this way, it should surprise no one that in our culture God also has no value apart […]
“Sadly, as our culture’s capacity to engage and maintain meaningful relationships has deteriorated, we have seen a rise in popularity-based rather than proximity-based authority. And the same trend is evident within the church. Just because someone has a large platform or ministry, or has sold millions of books, doesn’t mean we should automatically grant them […]
Some issues are just more complex than we want them to be…
“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 […]
“We have far too many Christians who are strong on convictions, but you wouldn’t want them to represent you in any public way…because they do it in a way that is not very civil in its engagement, or loving and caring. Then you have Christians who are so civil, so loving, so caring, that you […]
Is control really the main issue behind gun control?
Should we follow our president’s example and fire everybody?
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 […]
”Hypocrisy isn’t really about the absence of sin…it’s about the absence of honesty. We as the church shouldn’t be trying be display perfection…we just need to point others to the Perfect One…and then display progression.” ~ Lisa Fields