The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives need to understand that conservatism to the Republican hierarchy is defined differently than we define it. And those who consider themselves Republicans because they still believe the party represents what it did at its inception or what it did under President Reagan must understand that's no longer the case.
What are you standing on?
When's the last time you've felt excited about giving an offering at church - I mean really excited? If you've been reading this column for the past month, you might remember that when I was in Nigeria, I wrote about how excited the Nigerians got about "offering time!" with the dancing and music accompanying the bringing of their gifts, spending at least an hour of their service giving their monetary offerings.
My friend Jim Cantrell once commented that he was giving up Lent for Lent.
No matter who you are, storms will come in your life. But as Jesus preaches in his Sermon on the Mount, he makes it clear that with his word, we handle those storms better. And the more we are in the word, the more firmly entrenched we become so we can hide from the storms in those offers and promises of God.
It wasn't fair. They had done a good deed. There was a girl who was being taken advantage of and they stopped it. They helped when everyone else just let it keep right on going. But the guys that were taking advantage of her didn't like it, and so the two good-deed-doers were attacked and beaten and tortured and locked up. It wasn't fair for Paul and Silas. But if you ...
"When I get to heaven, God and I are going to have a few words," a friend of mine once said.
One of the phrases that you will hear from time to time in the news media is, "Jesus was a liberal," meaning that Jesus was left winged in his political thought. Many political pundits will say that when one reads the New Testament, it is obvious that Jesus was socialistic in his thinking, and that if he walked the earth today, he would surely be among those on the political left.
"Is this stuff going on in Egypt a sign of the end of the world?" "If I lose my job, we'll never make it." "I'm worried that we'll lose our house." "What does all this mean for our kids?" "I can't take one more loss. I'll lose my mind!" I've heard every one of these (or at least something close) just this week. ...
Caltech recently broke a 26-year, 310-game losing streak by beating Occidental in a Division III basketball game.
"Judge not, that you be not judged, for with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get back." We love these words that Jesus spoke in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12). But as with many of his lessons, this one is prone to misapplication. Many trip over it and rise from the dust to ...
Did you have a good Valentine's Day? Did you celebrate the love of your life? I hope you did.
Maybe you've heard this story about the guy that the Super Bowl trophy is named after.
We have recently endured our third snowfall of the year in Newton County.
Who is Jesus? Have you ever tried to answer that question in a short, succinct, way? During this season in the church year known as "Epiphany," which means "revealing," God reveals to us who Jesus is. From the signs that marked him as the long-awaited Messiah, like the star the wise men saw, to the signs that marked him as God's Son and Lord of all, like heaven opening at his baptism, the Father testifying ...
What does the heart do when it is full of sorrow? It cries out, and the cry of the heart is a song.
"Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." In John, chapter one, that's the way John the Baptist points to Jesus. He invites us to look to the lamb. And we do, right? That's why you're reading this, isn't it? You want to take these three minutes to think about Jesus, something by now, I hope you've come to expect in this column. So, you already ...
I recently came across a blog that said "Live each day like it's your last, and one day you'll be right." Someone might counter, "I live each day like I have all the time in the world, and so far, I've been right every time." Both of these observations are correct, but we recognize the wisdom in the first and the folly in the second. Time well spent is ...