What’s the difference between holiness and relevance? For starters, holiness is what followers of Jesus used to value. Relevance is the priority that replaced it. Striving for holiness means the direction of my life is visibly different from most people because my purpose and objectives are godly and eternal. Reaching for relevance means I value the … More The Hole in our Holiness
If God keeps waiting on the Church, this world will never be saved. Let’s face the facts: they’re distracted and we’re paralyzed. You know it’s true. There’s so much buzz in church circles about relationships and building bridges to lost friends, but mostly what comes out of all that chill chatter is generalities and coffee conversations. … More Let Him Say it in His Own Words
The difference between music and noise is rhythm. That’s true whether you listen to hip hop or hymns. Beyond the notes and scales and measures, the basic idea of tempo is so critical that there are more than sixteen different Italian words for the pace of a melody. Allegro makes the heart race with joy, … More The Mad Dash for Last
Who will you be today: the champion you dream of being or the person you’re afraid you are? For most people who feel trapped on the hamster wheel of mediocrity, the problem is not lack of talent or bad luck or even bad fashion instincts. You don’t have to make a million dollars or win … More The Fearless Embrace
“Is there a shark in the water? What’s everyone looking at?” The spectators on Panama City Beach were transfixed by the unfolding horror of an entire family being swept out to sea. Nine members of the Ursrey family had been caught up in a powerful riptide and cast helplessly into fifteen feet of dark, turbulent … More Nobody Dies Here Today!
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” It was true in the second century when Tertullian first penned those words, and it’s been the experience of saints somewhere on the planet in every age since. In his profound spiritual reflection, Silence and Beauty, Makoto Fujimura reconsiders the awe and the agony of … More Show Me My Cross
Not many Americans would call themselves atheists; only about 3% according to Pew Research. But that doesn’t count the practicing atheists. I’m thinking about all the people who religiously go to church on Sundays but live the other six-and-a-half days as though heaven is empty and the Bible is fiction. I’m not even talking about … More The Soft Atheism of Low Expectations