The sticky thing about right and wrong

One does not need to see the horrific scenes of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to be reminded that the world is not as it should be. It’s far more subtle. It’s ubiquitous yet unseen, tragic yet strangely expected…it’s so…self-reflective. As C.S. Lewis said, the truth is, we’ve all failed to practice the kind of behavior we expect from someone else. Continue reading

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Love has a name

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13 NLT)

This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. 10 True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10 ERV)

15 Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his! (Col.2:15 TPT)

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. (Phil.2:6-11 NLT)

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Are we becoming more secular?

According to secular evangelists, religion and Christianity is shrinking in the world and secularization is growing. I also hear this all the time from militant anti-theists, as if it were true. Recently, a Huffington Post article by secularist professor, Phil Zuckerman titled, “Religion Declining, Secularization Surging” was mentioned. Continue reading

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The Tragic Flaw

Whenever I tell an atheist or skeptic that God didn’t kill Jesus but we did, they get all riled up, usually saying things like,“I wasn’t there 2,000 years ago…don’t blame me!”  Of course, you weren’t there and, no, I’m not saying you personally killed Jesus. All of this misses the point.  Continue reading

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The Answer to Religion is Living Water

Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well is the perfect confrontation between religion and the transforming power of Christ. As I’ve quoted Robert Capon many times before, Jesus did not come to start a new religion; He came to announce the end of religion. We see this brilliantly illustrated in John chapter fourContinue reading

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Wrecked

I will be out of town for a few days so I thought I would post this song by Sarrah Willhite (WorshipMob) before I go. I love the title because it explains what happened to me when I finally accepted Jesus’ invitation into His life.

Here are a few thoughts on this:  Continue reading

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About Following Christ

I get asked from time to time by atheists and skeptics why I make a distinction between following Christ and Christianity, or religion. To be clear, I do consider myself a Christian. The problem is that it’s a loaded word with lots of baggage that may or may not describe my life in Christ. “Religion” is even more vague and freighted, so these labels have almost no significant meaning.  Continue reading

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