What Kind of Christian am I?

So much is said about Christians and so much is said by Christians these days.  I often read something tweeted or posted by a “Christian” and I think, “I am not that kind of Christian.”  So the other night I spent some time musing the kind of Christian I actually am. Here is what IContinue reading “What Kind of Christian am I?”

Self Awareness (on Social Media)

Here are some quick but poignant thoughts on self awareness (or the lack thereof) from a recent message on Joseph as they apply to Social Media: What many call “other awareness” is a blind side for many people. It represents the potentially serious gap between how we think others see us and how others actually seeContinue reading “Self Awareness (on Social Media)”

Imagining Humility

Imagine what might happen if the American church stopped trying to defend that of our history that is indefensible? What if we owned our collective sin and humbly asked God and society for forgiveness? And what might happen if we Christians took it to the personal level and asked for forgiveness for our own failureContinue reading “Imagining Humility”

Forgiveness (what’s in it for you)

I have thinking about forgiveness tonight. Not micro-forgiveness but forgiveness of the macro variety. There is a popular misconception that forgiveness is an altruistic notion; a lofty plane only the saintly can hope to obtain. I disagree. Forgiveness is really more pragmatic than you may imagine. There is a lot in it for us whenContinue reading “Forgiveness (what’s in it for you)”

Two Faith Viruses to Avoid!

Two Faith Viruses to Watch (and how not to get infected) There are two theological viruses floating around these days that concern me.  My concerns are two-fold: 1) They have wide appeal 2) I can see why they have wide appeal. The first virus is the idea that God exists for us.  God’s function isContinue reading “Two Faith Viruses to Avoid!”

6 Great Reasons (not to have a critical spirit)

Six great reasons to not have a critical spirit: It is a sure sign of Christian immaturity  It places us in an illusionary position toward others It damages the reputations of others It destroys our well being It invites the wrong people into our lives (and we lose the right people) It destroys our witnessContinue reading “6 Great Reasons (not to have a critical spirit)”

Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)

The Golden Rule recorded in Matthew 7:12 may be the most famous thing the Radical Jesus ever said and most theologians consider it to be the capstone of the sermon.  It was as if the whole of the sermon was offered simply to get his audience ready to receive this single teaching.  What is introducedContinue reading “Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)”

Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)

The Golden Rule recorded in Matthew 7:12 may be the most famous thing the Radical Jesus ever said and most theologians consider it to be the capstone of the sermon.  It was as if the whole of the sermon was offered simply to get his audience ready to receive this single teaching.  What is introducedContinue reading “Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)”

Dying Well

Adios and “Gratchets” (San Pedro Sula, Honduras circa 2005)   When we decided to focus a part of the “around the world” ministry of Christ Church in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, I was excited.  My dad had been a part of a mighty movement of God there and the city was in my blood.  AfterContinue reading “Dying Well”