If you're worried about leaving a godly legacy, or wonder what God intends to make of your life, this lesson is for you. [Click title to read more.]
Eternity - the prospect of a God beyond time, of endless endlessness with Him, of what it means - makes everything small: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Eternity dwarfs the worst wars and the brightest moments of human history. [Click title to read more.]
When we leave, the light leaves with us. [Click title to read more.]
I suspect that for believers it's easier and more comforting to face Christ's return or our return to Him in a sort of happy abstract rather than as a realistic possibility: those events are coming, they're out there, and they matter, but we don't always regard them with a profound sense of urgency. [Click title to read more.]
The answer isn't to compare pain or place it on a relative scale of suffering, but rather to address pain as pain, in context, regardless of the source. Yes, we absolutely must kick into gear the moment we hear a word like "cancer" or "death." But I hope we can also mobilize ourselves to respond with similar compassion to words like "frustration" and "fear" and "chest cold." [Click title to read more.]
Our culture rarely deals intimately with death any more: we have cordoned it off, confined it to funeral homes and hospitals, done everything to keep it separate from us as we try to think up ways and means to evade the inevitable ourselves. But it wasn't always that way. And I suspect that in the interim, something has been lost.
I pray for the congregation at Emanuel AME Church and those near and dear to them; still, I am shamed that a time of tragedy is what prompts me to pray and to remember the larger Christian family that exists beyond the borders of my community. [Click title to read more.]
It's a painful place to be, stranded on the shore while others cross the water. [Click title to read more.]