Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! ~Luke 2:14 (KJV)
When you think of Christmas, what images come to mind? Perhaps you imagine the hustle and bustle of shopping and the long lines at the grocery store. Perhaps you imagine a grand feast at the dining room table with friends and family gathered around. You could imagine a tree adorned with beautiful decorations and mounds of presents tucked underneath. I am sure you could imagine many happy images, maybe even the nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger with animals and wise men gathered around with Mary and Joseph gazing at the bundle of joy from Heaven. Read the rest of this entry »
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. ~1 Peter 2:13, 14
Christians in America are spoiled. This is one of my biggest takeaways from the Supreme Court decision. We take for granted how blessed we are that we live in a country where we can read Scripture in public without fear of imprisonment or death. Folks might blog or tweet about us, but for the most part we can expect to exercise our faith with minimal negative consequences. Christians in America do not know what it is like to be a Christian like the ones in the first century or the ones in certain parts of Africa, Asia, and so on today. For some reason, we are surprised that the World is making decisions based on worldly standards. But, it is moments like these that should remind us that America was never a “Christian nation,” and it was never founded on/for Christian principles. Read the rest of this entry »
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. ~1 Timothy. 1:15
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” I repeat this quote from Theodore Roosevelt to myself often because I know that I am frequently tempted to compare myself to others. I wonder if I am as intelligent as others or as accomplished as them. Even as I write this blog, I wonder if my blog matches up to other blogs that I read. I find myself having a hard time enjoying what I am doing or who I am because of comparison. . . . it often steals my joy.
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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him… ~ Psalm 27:14
According to marketing statistics, I have until the end of the next sentence to grab your attention. If I am not provocative and interesting enough for you, you will not care enough to read whatever follows after. In a world where we have 140 characters to communicate fast and we have to endure five miserable seconds of advertisements before we can skip to our desired YouTube video, we…are…bored. Read the rest of this entry »
Sam Allberry does a wonderful job exemplifying grace and truth as he addresses an increasingly relevant question in our culture. It is clear from his book that this issue is close to his heart, being a man who experiences same sex attraction while also being a respected leader in the evangelical church. Is God anti-gay? is concise yet rich in content. Allberry spends time discussing some of the various scriptures that address homosexuality, but what really resonated with me was the practical approach he took on how to interact with someone who experiences these feelings, whether they are a believer or not. Here are a few takeaways from reading this book.
1. God cares about your sex life
“God is the one who makes humankind male and female, and God is the one who commands them to be fruitful and increase in number. Sex is God’s idea. It was not our invention but his gift.” (15) This is a good reminder for the Church. We often are bashful talking about sexuality, but the Lord is not blushing. He ordained sexuality. And, while we are embarrassed and silent about sex and sexuality, the World has a lot to say. It is making very clear value statements, so I am not surprised when the Bible’s stance seems unclear or awkward. God explicitly discusses his intentions for sexuality as His gift, so we should not assume that he does not care.
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