Only One Way to Heaven?
There may be no part of Christianity that is more offensive to people, both today and throughout history, than the Christian conviction that only faith in Jesus will get you to heaven. Jesus made this clear in John 14:6, when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The disciples echoed his words when they said, “There is no name under heaven or on earth by which people can be saved, other than that of Christ Jesus.”
Changing Church, Changing World
I need to start by tipping my hat to Dr. Tim Keller as I write this blog entry. He has been my intellectual mentor for years, not that I know him personally. He has been writing his blog about the unique challenges and opportunities for the Christian church in the next generation. I don’t know many Christian leaders who, in their 60s, have so accurately put their finger on the issues of the day.
I assume that every surface of my house is currently home to at least three different strands of flu. For nearly a week, every member of the household has had their own version of this bug. The dishes have piled up as we have been forced to focus on only the essential elements for survival. Paul Tripp pins me to the board when he writes, “Many of you are exhausted, discourage, and frustrated.” Those three words accurately identify how I far too often feel and think about my role as a parent.
The Lost Sheep
Jesus told a parable about where his priorities lay, and where the church’s should be. Luke 15:4-7 reads:
Why I Felt Small at My Installation
Yesterday, I was installed into my new office as one of two lead pastors at St. Paul’s. It was a time when many people offered me congratulations, but it didn’t puff me up. Far from feeling exalted or powerful, the installation service made me feel remarkably (and refreshingly) small and weak. It reminds me of what Aslan said to Prince Caspian.
Christmas Means Don’t Be Afraid!
Recently, someone I admire made an astute point: “When we are afraid, we don’t make good decisions.” Unfortunately, alarming headlines sell, so we are more exposed to fear inducing patterns of thought than perhaps ever before. If my friend is right, that means we will see a distinct upswing in bad decision making. This is a problem.