The crying out on the state of the church is huge, massive, and honestly misplaced. Much of it stems from the impression that we control the church instead of Jesus. In a conversation with a person decrying the status of the North American church, I stated: “You know you’re talking about Jesus’ bride, right?” There […]
To protest or not protest? An idol or not an idol? It seems the flag of our country is a debated item these days. The freedom of speech means we can protest. That phrase is often repeated. As is the often repeated statements of lament on issues of oppression. What then is the flag? I’ve […]
This questions was raised recently and I thought I had blogged on it. I did, but never posted it. In today’s religious climate, much of what people can gain from going to church can be seemingly obtained from other avenues. What makes going to church unique is something that is critical for the church to […]
Jesus did a plain summary of the Torah: Love God, love your neighbor. The amazing thing about the Bible, the Old Testament in particular, is how many levels it works on. Too often we regulate the Bible as merely a theological book and fail to realize it is so much more. Loving your neighbor is […]
Big vocabulary, complexity, and academia are not a vices. Too often I am seeing pushback when smart people use big words, many words, or complexity. We need to stop with the anti-intellectualism. Trichotomy The Bible takes three views on a person: wise, foolish, and naive. Only one is acceptable. In Proverbs to be truly wise […]
You are unique, unless you are a boy. Then you are just trouble. We say people should be themselves, unless you are a boy. Then you are just trouble. We say education should be equal, unless you are a boy. Then you are just trouble. We say people should be well mannered, unless you are […]
Incivility will not cure incivility. Bigotry will not cure bigotry. Anger will not cure anger. Pride will not cure pride. Graciousness is the balm for incivility. Compassion is ointment for bigotry. Forgiveness is surgery to heal anger. Servanthood is the hospital for curing pride.