August 21, 2016
Many of us don’t think of having enemies—or if we do, we see them as distant (foreign terrorists, etc.). But an enemy is anyone who sets themselves against us—and there are many who do this. Jesus’ countrymen fully understood “enemy”, and were amazed that Jesus could say the way to treat these people was to love them. How do we do this? What does “loving your enemy” look like today?
August 14, 2016
Anywhere in the world you will see people striving to be great. More money, more power, more influence, more fame—all more than others. These are the things we believe make people great. Even the greatness of churches are measured by whether they have more people, more buildings or more money than others. But Jesus said this was the world’s approach, not his. Instead, if we are to be great, we have to become the servant of everyone.
August 7, 2016
In the end, our view of God will always be mundane if we see him in human terms. If we attribute human emotion and characteristics to him—and insist on seeing him through our own experiences and characteristics (“if it were me…”) God will never awe us. We have to recapture the truth of this basic statement: He is God, and I am not.
July 31, 2016
Throughout scripture God’s people have been encouraged to remember God’s work in their lives and in their history. This theme carries all the way to Jesus’ last night before the crucifixion when he told his followers to remember his sacrifice—and gave them a way to do that. Why is remembering these things so important? What do we need to remember in order to recapture the sense of awe before God?
July 24, 2016
Why do so many people seem to be apathetic about God? Why do we lack passion for our relationship with him? What difference does it make? And can we do anything about it?
July 17, 2016
Who is God, and what is he like? If we really understood the answers to these questions, we would talk about him—and to him—differently. God isn’t “the man upstairs” or “my copilot”. He isn’t my “buddy”—he is the all powerful creator of the universe. His character is beyond our understanding, and his power has no limits. He himself is beyond our ability to understand—but what we do understand about him tells us he is perfect righteousness and perfect love combined—he is Awesome!
July 10, 2016
What’s the difference between apathy and ignorance? I don’t know and I don’t care. Of course, these don’t describe Christians, right? But how would we know? And what do we do about it if we find out these are present in our lives?
July 3, 2016
In a metroplex of over 17 million people, isolation and loneliness is still extraordinarily common. In fact, one of the greatest ironies in the church is that people who are part of a community of such love and diversity can feel so alone. How do we deal with such loneliness, and realize the benefit of living in such a loving community?
June 26, 2016
Temptation is common to all human beings—including the one God became. Temptation is not the problem—how we respond to it is. Why are we tempted? How can we battle this temptation? Is temptation a battle we have to fight alone?
June 19, 2016
Christians fear doubt. We don’t want to be seen as “doubters”. We label people who are honest about their doubt as “shaky in their faith” or “doubting Thomases”. We have pat answers and we expect people to “put away” their doubts as though they aren’t real. As a result, many Christians deny their doubt—allowing it to build until it overwhelms them. How can we win the battle against doubt?