Image courtesy of Calvary Chapel Birmingham I think sometimes, as Christians, we can overemphasize how much we give up to follow Jesus the way we do. God asks us to lay down our lives for Him. It's all over the place in the Bible. Take up your cross and follow me, Jesus says. The woman… Continue reading God Is Greater Than Satan. Duh. And We Benefit.
Note: This is the continuation of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work and relationships. The previous posts have not had a particular audience, it can be applied generally. But my heart is for the Church, for the body of Christ. So the next two… Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me
A Reddit feed on Christianity had a post back in December 2012 that read like this: Hi there, I recently Felt i have lost touch with my christian faith. I prayed today that God would hear my cry and forgive me of my wrong and help me to live as christ would in this destructive world,… Continue reading Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up… Continue reading What Does ‘Truth in Love’ Really Mean?
1 John 4 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It's come over the last year or so, and it was huge timing. I had been struggling with a long time for believing God's love for me was true. It was that chapter which gave me several assurances of God's love: "In this the… Continue reading God Is Love. Jesus Is Hope.
A week or so ago, I wrote a blog post about the "ironic process theory" and how it can apply to how the Church often reacts to issues in the public sphere. An excerpt: I think we can subconsciously encourage this in Christian culture when we overload on what not to do. We think so… Continue reading Why Try to Not Do Something When You Can Intentionally Dive Into the Love of God?
Fear will leave you hiding in the dark But love will bring a light into your heart So do not be afraid, do not be afraid I've got to imagine that Jesus experienced some fear in the garden of Gethsemane. I've got to imagine that, along with the sorrow, He experienced fear. But, if I'm… Continue reading Fear Is Easy, Love Is Hard
I hate disagreements. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this. But it sucks. I feel like a phrase I've been uttering a lot recently is "agree to disagree." It's a good way to diffuse or end a tough argument. In Christianity though, this is super hard. Christians often disagree over things they very strongly… Continue reading Agree to Disagree: When Christians Argue
I look back at my life and examine my first reaction to things, whether that's with a parent, a friend, a girlfriend, a pastor, etc. My first reactions, either in my head or in my words, have not always been fantastic, I must admit. Especially when my expectations of what should have been said or… Continue reading Compassion: A Key to Living Like Jesus
One of my favorite lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride (which is my all-time favorite movie, by the way) comes from Westley, the farm boy-turned-pirate who goes to great lengths to get back to his true love, Buttercup, after a long stretch of separation where she feared him dead. In one of the climactic scenes… Continue reading Something The Princess Bride Taught Me About the Gospel Yesterday