In Part 2 of the "Are You Ready?" series we evaluate our current status, are we truly ready for it means to be Christians?
Part 1 of the "Are you ready?" series looks at the need for preparation, establishing the groundwork for what it means to "be ready".
My interactions with Christians the last few weeks has been, troubling. What do I mean by this? Well, in that last two weeks I have been told that I […]
This world is an ugly place. It’s corrupt, it’s disingenuous, it’s brutal. It seems that every passing year produces a new level of evil with which young people must contend and an ever-broadening exposure to pressure, temptation and availability.
That’s the thing about real faith: it’s not a feeling – it’s an action. Of course there are emotions associated with it – apprehension, exhilaration, anticipation. But the bottom line is that faith is not real if it does not produce results.
In contemplating my recent trip to India and what it means for my life, it occurred to me that a typical viewpoint of such a trip such is that it will be "life changing".
"For the better part of roughly 480 hours per year, I join with all the other lemmings as we pack into our shiny metal boxes and compete in our suicidal race"
In many ways the asking of this question reminds us of our current fallen status regardless of Christ’s work in our lives.
"The reality of it is, the “good ole days” are a myth. A figment of our active imagination and short memories looking for reprieve from thoughtful interaction with the world around us because, well it means we have to change, and change can be really hard."
“You can't win, Vader. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Obi-Wan Kenobi
Question, when did Jesus stop being enough? At what point did we feel that God needed our help keeping members, or that God even wanted to keep every member? When did we begin to believe that church couldn’t be done without all of the music and technology? Don’t get me wrong, in every place I’ve been I’ve been one of those people pushing for the church I am attending to update and become current both with music and with technology. But, when did we begin to think that those things were needed? A foul spirit has infected the church, a spirit that preys upon the selfishness of human desire and envy.
My how the world has its priorities all messed up? I’ve seen more outrage over a lion being killed on an African hunt over the last 24 hours then I would ever care to see. I’ve seen more outrage over the last several weeks regarding the confederate flag’s defense then I’ve ever thought possible in the twenty-first century. My how we have our priorities all screwed up. I have seen more Christians champion these two causes (and many others over the years) that have made my stomach churn and my head shake in astonishment. Logic, simple logic has gone out of the window in favor of a rationale that defies the very word itself.
Well, I figured it was time that I write another reaction article to a piece someone shared on Facebook. Now this certainly isn’t a unique post, an article like this one comes across my feed almost daily where people share an article that doesn’t deserve any attention and usually they deal with how Christians bully other people. Granted, some Christians could use a lesson in grace, and some could use a lesson in tact. In the article authored by Stephen Mattson titled, “6 Bad Habits Christians Should Drop” he gives a rather brief list of things he deems harmful to Christianity.
This has been a long time coming and to be honest, its time. The topic I am about to tackle next is a topic that has taken me years to deal with in a tenable way. The title of this article, “Are We Freer than God” is a legitimate question. Most reading this will likely state that we are not. With this being said, what many are saying they believe verses what they actually believe are two very different things.
Last Wednesday night as I sat in a pew in my own church, another church experienced something straight out of a horror film. If you live in America, you know what I am referencing. A young white man, whom I will not name, walked into a church that was predominately black and asked if he could speak with the pastor. He then proceeded to shoot and kill 9 people, including the pastor. Now, some are willing to make excuses for this young man stating mental illness, and instability or are diluted enough to believe that this entire scenario was not motivated by racism.
The trinity is one of Christianity’s oldest and most mysterious doctrines. It has been a topic of much discussion and was in fact one of the first theological areas that theologians attempted to flush out. I’m not going to go into all of that here (mostly because a few books could be written on the topic) but the point I am trying to make ring home is that throughout the church’s history, this has been a topic of importance to the church. For this very reason, it is something worth understanding (as best we can).