Comfort or Awesome?

This fall, I was challenged by a picture, similar to this one. It was a simple picture, just two circles. One with the word “Comfort” written in it, and the other “Awesome.” Just two circles, yet a powerful image.

The speaker explained that each church has a choice, that they can choose to be a church of comfort. A safe church that takes little to no risk. A church worried about keeping everyone happy and not stomping on anyone toes. A church worried about the attendance, and numbers, and the tithing.

Or, a church can choose to be awesome. A church that’s not afraid to take risks and rely on the Holy Spirit. A church more worried about preaching the Bible than offending. A church that cares more about spreading the Gospel, feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans and widows, focused more on Kingdom work than numbers or church politics. A church of comfort or of awesome. And notice that these two circles never intersect; a church can’t be both. They must choose one or the other. Comfort or awesome. Continue reading

Cannibalism is Frowned Upon

“My mother was a Lutheran missionary from Scandinavia, and my father a deacon from Mexico. They tried to convert each other, but they got married instead. . . . Then they died” (Nacho Libre).

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a cannibal is, “one that eats the flesh of its own kind.” Though prevalent in fallen nature (Romans 8:19-23), especially in the Bug Kingdom, the average human usually shivers at the thought of eating the flesh of other humans, and they should. Holding in vomit at the thought of twisted individuals, such as Albert Fish or Jeffery Dahmer, cooking up human meat and devouring it like beef or pork. For cannibalism is a disgusting practice.

Though the Bible does not outright condemn it, it can be concluded that cannibalism is indeed wrong, for murder is a sin, since every man and woman is created in the image of God (Exodus 23:7, Genesis 9:5-6), unlike the animals, that God has given us dominion of and permission to eat (Genesis 1:26-31, 9:1-6, Acts 10). Blood is off-limits (Leviticus 17:10-14, Acts 15:20). And the times that the Israelites resulted to cannibalism, were dark and desperate times in their history, such as the siege of Jerusalem–a time of holy judgement being afflicted upon them because of their rebellion, their sin, and their refusal to repent (Leviticus 26:29, Deuteronomy 28:53-57, 2 Kings 6:26-29, Jeremiah 19:9, Lamentations 4:10). There’s a reason why many were turned off when Jesus told a crowd that they could only have eternal life, if they ate of his flesh and drank of his blood (John 6:53-56), and it’s because cannibalism is gross, dark, and sinful. Yet, it’s a crime that many churches are guilty of. Continue reading

A Parable of Unity

getty_510414120_20001125200092800_380320I [Paul] therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Ephesians 4:1-7).

What if there was a city like Unity?

Like many cities in the United States, Unity houses several church buildings and denominations; however, unlike other American cities, there is something different about her. Continue reading

Let Us Not Eclipse Glory

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Mahatma Gandhi

An eclipse is a spectacular sight for one to behold! I had the privilege of witnessing such an event on August 21, 2017. It was amazing getting to see the moon inch closer and closer to the sun with my special eclipse glasses, though invisible to the naked eye. It was incredible sharing the excitement with friends and strangers. And truly awesome how quickly the landscape became dark when the eclipse was full. How the outdoor lights instantly lit and the crickets began to chirp, for about two minutes, before the day returned.

A solar eclipse is the result of the moon coming between the earth and her sun, the moon casting its shadow upon the planet. In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight. Not only are they beautiful, but also remarkable in how the tiny moon can, for an instant, block out the light and sight of the mighty sun.

In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight, not so in a spiritual sense. Continue reading

“The Parable of the Lifesaving Station”

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20.

Dear Church,

Church, I implore you to read this post, for we have a problem within the Western Church. There’s a reason why so many ministers are getting burned out. There’s a reason why so many Christian bookstores are closing. There’s a reason why there are so many splits and denominations. And there’s a reason why Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

No, it’s not because there’s Evolution being taught in our schools. It’s not because of rainbows, or Democrats, or instruments. And it’s not because of abortions (which are not the fault of atheists. According to a 2015 survey done by the Christian Research group LifeWay, 70% of women who had an abortion claimed to be a follower of Christ. . . .) One major problem that the church has, is a love problem. Continue reading