I object to the falsehood that Christianity lines up with nationalistic, jingoistic, inflammatory propaganda - and I object to the idea that opposing the president on moral grounds makes a person anti-Christian, anti-freedom, and/or anti-America.
Being church in the wake of Sutherland Springs: are we on the defensive, or still God’s open invitation?
So who are we? Are we an invitation... or a barrier... or a lighthouse... or a gatekeeper... or a discouragement... or an ambassador...?
When Jesus saw the crowds of people there, he went up on a hill and sat down. His followers came and sat next to him. Then Jesus began teaching the people. – Matthew 5 In my teaching and writing I talk a lot about story: understanding the kind of story we are living, sharing our…
Jesus did not give everything so we might experience political freedom, but so we would be able to enter into the ultimate love relationship(with God) without fear.
We are workers together for God, and you are like a farm that belongs to God. And you are a house that belongs to God. Like an expert builder I built the foundation of that house. I used the gift that God gave me to do this. Other people are building on that foundation. But everyone…
So they find what they're looking for in a very ordinary scene, where a young girl and her love usher new life into a fearful, broken, dangerous world, and in so doing create the space for hope, wonder, meaning, and promise to take root and grow.
I often talk with people who feel like they are almost never really connected with God. Sometimes they can hook in at church, but the moment they head back into work, family, and recreation the signal seems to evaporate.