“I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage. And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don’t expect that they’ll be trained in […]
“If we’re honest, most of us have a double standard when it comes to God and the problem of evil. We are quick to complain about the problem of evil when others are doing evil that affects us…but we don’t have that same complaint about the evil we freely choose to do that brings us […]
“A world full of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world… …and might be even more difficult to save.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good, it is also free to be bad. And free will […]
“When you’ve been raised in or around the church, it’s very easy to take in a whole lot of head knowledge and intellectualize your faith. It’s easy to follow a bunch of Christian rules and just strive to be a better person. There comes a point, however, when you look deeper and realize that this […]
Are there times where we think we know what Jesus wants to do…and we couldn’t be more wrong?
“Much of the American church has abandoned the idea that people’s desires need to be transformed. Instead, we try to figure out what people desire, and then we tell them that Jesus is the way to get it. That’s how we get people to come to our churches. But we rarely get to the place […]
“The world doesn’t properly learn about God by watching Christian movies or shows…the world learns about God by watching Christians. And the notion that we can live any kind of way, but make a really good movie and it have the effect of leading people to Christ…is pretty darn silly.” ~ Phil Vischer
“There’s a lot of talk about what it means to be a radical Christian. The most radical thing any Christian can do is walk intimately with God, speaking and listening to him every day.” ~ Brandon Adams
“The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) is impossible to manifest by yourself. These things only come about in the context of relationship. That’s why Jesus sent out His disciples 2 by 2…that’s why He sends the church out as a body. Because He’s not just revealed by you or me individually. […]
“A lot of people confuse service for God and relationship with God. The two aren’t one and the same.” ~ Skye Jethani
“I think in many cases today, we’ve actually made our goals and dreams into idols. We’ll pursue our dreams to the detriment of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus didn’t say ‘take up your cross, and follow your dreams’…just saying.” ~ Phil Vischer
Thanks for the reminder, Kami!
We strive for the best in everything else…why should our commitment to God be any different?
Jesus never ceases to amaze me… I know this is a blatantly obvious and seemingly pointless statement, but hear me out. My current amazement with Jesus has little to do with His “front and center” characteristics…you know, His omni-potence, His omni-presence, His omni-science, His holiness, His incomparable love, His grace and mercy, His overwhelming compassion for others…you and I both […]