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.
My bottom line is this: The focus of the First Advent should be on Jesus humbly being born in the likeness of human flesh and that at second advent is in the near future when Jesus returns to make all things new. Rather, this season is marked by what I call the Christmas Wars. Xmas […]
Christianity is about God providing what you and I are incapable of providing. A frequent statement on religion is that it’s a crutch. As Christians we forget that without Jesus showing up, a crutch will not be enough. No, Christianity is a wheelchair because apart from Christ we’re broken. The freedom of being broken Christianity […]
God’s blessing is not fragile. Too often we view God’s blessing as some delicate mist. If we make the slightest wrong move *p o o f* it vanishes away. Preachers and churches often craft statements like If you don’t do [insert topic de jour here] then you won’t get God’s blessing. Another way we see […]
It’s the Gospel plus nothing equals salvation & sanctification. There is nothing you can do to earn a relationship with God. There is nothing you can do to earn more love from God. God already proved He loves you unconditionally. In Christ, He sees you white as snow. Ok, by now the “Yeah, but…” is […]
“Someone asked me if I was a fundamentalist. I don’t know what to say.” ~Friend “I resolve to make fun of fundamentalists for fundamental reasons.” ~Driscoll Mr. Strawman, you’re dismissed… In Part 1 I said that ‘fundamentalism’ is a bit of a strawman. It’s easy to couch a group of people under one term, then […]
Last Thursday I wrote about my desire for my boys to live in a world of civility. The thought process started when Gavin said thank you to me after giving him a simple treat. I treasured the event. Given the grievous incident in Arizona, my wish for my boys grew even stronger. Two wrongs don’t […]