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
Ahmaud Arbery isn’t just another hashtag for me anymore.
My mood at the moment.
“We live in a dark world. Our hearts long for goodness, beauty, justice, and peace, but they are often hidden behind the shadow cast by evil and sin. This is why preaching is so necessary. Whenever the kingdom of God is proclaimed, it is like a bright burst of light. In those brief moments, the shadows recede and we are given a glimpse of a
Some issues are just more complex than we want them to be...
Is control really the main issue behind gun control?
"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?' He meant that. 'Love your neighbor?' He meant that, too.
Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission...but chose not to – because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice. ~ Philip Yancey
A question I'm sure many are contemplating right now...
Disbelief...horror...anger...outrage...frustration...fear...heartbreak... I really can't fully capture all of the emotions I felt when I saw video footage of Alton Sterling's brutal and senseless death. I was equally overwhelmed by the many thoughts that ran through my head, all seemingly at the same time: Not again...WHY DID YOU HAVE TO KILL HIM?!! He's wasn't a threat to you!!! Is this cop going to get off too?!!