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.
How Christmas Should Shape Our Care for the Poor
In a beat-down doublewide trailer a family of five ate lunch on Christmas Eve. The wife worked for minimum wage at the local diner, and the man was out of work and drawing a pittance on disability. Through some local connections, our church found out that this family existed and wasn’t going to have much of a Christmas celebration.
For total transparency, I am writing this at 10:47 on Tuesday morning of election day. I have no idea who is going to win this election. I know that Christians are divided on who they should vote for and many are worried. So here are three pieces of Bible truth that should help you no matter what you are feeling on Wednesday morning.
1. Nero was worse.
What Science Can’t Tell You
As a pastor, I often hear from people that science has provided proven explanations for the world, whereas religious people believe in unproven myths or fairy tales. Even though this is a very popular idea, there is a wealth of modern philosophical thinking that shows the limits of what science can and cannot do.
It’s not just because of the election that I write this short article. At our church we are looking also at leaders who will serve in various roles for the next several years. In the same way that a space shuttle sheds its rockets on the way to the moon, the Bible leaves behind the vast majority of what passes in the world regarding leadership credentials. The Bible has no qualifications for appearance, education, eloquence, or even past accomplishments. Instead, we see that God’s leader will have a divine calling, upright character, and a servant’s heart.
A Foundation for the Next Generation
When I was in high school, I remember a T-Shirt which read, “You laugh because I’m different. I laugh because you are all the same.” One day I sat in class where two people had that exact same T-Shirt on, sitting at desks right beside each other. At the time, I just thought it was funny. Looking back, I realize something much deeper was going on.
MLK, and the Bible’s Unique Contribution to Racial Reconciliation
With the state of race relations what it is today (Ferguson, Charlotte, etc…), I thought it may be pertinent to go back to the greatest Civil Rights leader in American history. His message, both spoken and lived, cast a vision for the future of our country which remains still beautiful. Behind Martin Luther King's vision was an idea deeply rooted in Jesus’ own life, the idea that “unearned suffering is redemptive.”
The Changing Labels of Christianity
What do the words “flirt,” “awful,” and “senile” have in common? They all used to mean something radically different than they do today. Flirt meant to flick an object away from your body. Awful referred to something worthy of awe (it was even used in reference to God). Senile conveyed that something was associated with maturity, a positive characteristic.