The practice of making affirmations is a mixed bag for believers. Here's why. [Click title to read more.]
A book review of Rhett Smith's The Anxious Christian
As our churches grow more insular and our lives become centered more and more within the church, we must not lose sight of the fact that the bulk of our work lies outside it. [Click title to read more.]
It's easy for us to reflect our own assumptions, ideas, and personalities onto Christianity as a whole and onto other believers, too. It's simple, in other words, for us to assume that other believers do or should act just like us because they love the same God we do and are blessed in the same way as we are. [Click title to read more.]
It's interesting to me that we never equate God's victory with loss. That we never equate God with the less-than-happy-end, or with what happens when things don't turn out right. The team that slumps into the locker room doesn't say, "Well, He's the reason we're here." After a fumble or a turnover, the football player doesn't crouch and quietly thank God.
The Bible exhorts us constantly to be awake and alert - to keep our lamps lit, to keep our eyes open. These admonitions are usually given in the context of Christ's return, to remind us that we never know when He will come. This is true, and yet I think those instructions are also useful to apply to the current moment, as well. [Click title to read more.]