Christians who fail tend to avoid other Christians…especially when they are feeling bad and guilty in the midst of their failure. It’s sad to see this dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first […]
For the church, the many abuses of human life, liberty, and dignity should be a heartfelt suffering. The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image, and that everyone who tramples it offends God. As holy defender of God’s rights and of his images, the church must cry […]
“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 […]
Being in a household full of women has taught me, and is teaching me, the value of a listening ear.
“Did you know that, on average, each of us speaks about twenty-five thousand words daily? My last book didn’t have that many words. A lot of language is flowing out of our mouths every day and having an impact on those around us. But how much of that flow is fulfilling God’s intended purpose for […]
“Let us be today’s Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today’s church. With Christ’s light, let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy […]
“If you obey God with your whole heart, you’ll usually scare off the folks who want you to obey them.” ~ Meg Moseley
“When we realize the depth of our need for mercy, we can more readily offer mercy to others.” ~ Xochitl Dixon
“There seems to be conflict with how some churches approach ministry. You have the ‘felt-needs’ crowd, who are all about appealing to where the surface level needs are. And then you have those who are totally against that, who say ‘We only preach the Bible over here.’ I believe there’s a third way…where the proper […]
A valuable lesson on handling anger…from my “hot” wife.
“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