A friend shared some culturally sensitive advice (some of which I really had no idea about).
The minister/non-minister divide is something we’ve created, not God. Understanding your spiritual theme is the first step to getting past of it.
I’ve created a simply but effective spiritual gifts test. And it only has one question.
The little ones cry a lot. They’re ruled almost completely by their emotions. And most of the time they haven’t even figured out how to use their words yet to communicate what’s wrong. This is tied in to God and his grace.
Because I’ve met some in the church…and they’re usually not the ones you think.
I always learn more when I push myself into strange corners.
Why are bad words bad? (Are bad words bad?)
#5. Heroin and Cocaine are Not the Worst Drugs.
Do the four Gospels that we currently have give an accurate picture of Jesus? Or have they been corrupted over the years?
A survey of the Minimal Facts method established by Habermas/Licona.
Like the old saying, All truth is God’s truth. My lessons from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Hard times are not the only way we grow closer to God. We can be intentional about it. (And, bonus, sometimes a little studying is what keeps us out of the hard times!)
This is an excerpt from my new book about discipleship, How to Colonize Mars, due out in the Fall.
I hate wasps. Fast, flying, and stinging. I saw a dead one the other day. I liked that. But then a thought occurred to me…some people are a lot like wasps.
When you’re lost in the foliage, everything and nothing looks like the path. So…what do you do?
The difference between passive listening and active listening, and 3 practical ways you can begin active listening in your prayer time.
Some things are too important to mess up. But ironically, it’s for this reason we often make a mess of things. I am learning again, from my children, a way forward.
Life isn’t about perfection, it’s about not quitting. It’s about moving forward in spite of imperfections. And that’s a whole lot harder to do than say.
Why this makes you more responsible, and, in the process, forces you into the life Jesus intended.
How do we go from a world of superficial friends to community of actual friends? One way is to think in questions. This changes your focus from you to them.
Answers in Genesis opened their Noah’s Ark exhibit to a storm of criticism from inside the Christian community. And I couldn’t help but think: wait, we’re all Christians here–why are we shooting at each other?
Everything we know is a filter for everything we see. When we know God, we know love. Why then are we so eager to kill each other?
A lot of people confuse the conservative party of America with Christianity. But the two things are fundamentally different.
Relationships are the essence of politics. Jesus’ entire ministry was about showing us a better way. His way.
In this political season, where does Jesus want his followers?
Anyone who’s either brave or stupid can grab the reigns. But it’s a special kind of person who can move us forward without losing us all in the process.
I have come to think of the time I spend with God each morning as a submarine. No matter how rough the waves, I can always dive deeper. It is this that keeps us from losing hope.
It strikes me how much these little ones need us. But not just to give them food or a place to live. They need us on a much deeper level. They need to know they are valuable to us. And they need to feel that.
In Jesus’ day there were lots who loved the law. They loved it like a gun. Jesus’ message was a bit different. In some ways, he taught the opposite.
For the Church, the implications may be anywhere from loosing tax exemption status to lawsuits for some institutions who stand by their biblical convictions. But what’s interesting is that Jesus unambiguously gave us the solution two-thousand years ago.
Everyone goes through pain. But not everyone experiences it the same. Finding balance is the antidote to pain.