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
One Sunday after service, a minister decided to order the #1 on the Wendy’s menu, with a Frosty added of course, before taking a seat at a nearby table. It wasn’t long, before a group of men who were cussing and speaking profane things, with the stench of beer still on their breaths from the night before, joined the minister at his table. Turning a table of one into a table of many.
At another table close by, some folks who had listened to the minister’s sermon earlier that morning, began to grumble amongst themselves, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Of course, being at a table nearby, and the churchgoers not being the most quiet of gossipers, the minister heard their words.
He then calmly dipped another fry into his Frosty and munched on it, before speaking in a mild voice, yet loud enough for the other table to hear: Continue reading
It’s sad that the Canadian Down Syndrome Society feels like they need to make this video; however, church, this means that we’re not doing our job. Like Jesus, we are commanded to take care of the least of these. As it says in James 1:27, Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Christianity is more than a Sunday thing. It’s loving and caring for widows and orphans, the least fortunate and the outcasts of society. Like our Savior who made physical contact with lepers and defended a prostitute, we’re supposed to care and to love for those whom society thinks is worthless. After all, doesn’t James also say that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26)? No, our works will not save us, but as Christians, we are supposed to be his light in this world, and as 1 John challenges us, Christianity is a lifestyle, not a list of obligations. Continue reading
Did you know, that we have a very ancient problem within our modern society?
Actually, we have many ancient problems, for though technology changes, man has struggled with the same problems and questions from generation to generation. However, the one which I’d like to take the time to address here, is perhaps one of the most deadliest. That is: We Confuse Who God is.
Now, understanding God can be confusing/complex, such as the concept of the Trinity. Additionally, we’ll never fully understand God; otherwise, if we could, that means we would be greater than Him and He would not truly be our God, for that which is lesser than another, can be understood by the one who is greater. Therefore, since we cannot put God into a box, it’s one evidence which proves that God is truly who He says to be. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t try to believe that there is a box around who we think our God is. Continue reading
Most people do not like bugs. Just the word makes them squirm and remark with, “Gross!” There are only a handful of these creepy crawlies that the average person likes, such as ladybugs, praying mantises, and the colorful butterfly. However, many do not like their close relative–the moth. True, their larvae do dine on clothes, but there are some moths, like the luna moth, that are just as beautiful, if arguably not more, than their cousins.
One interesting thing about moths, is how they’re attracted to light. Not only to porch lights, but even to bug zappers and to campfires. Moths are so attracted to bright light, they will follow it even if it kills them. Scientists have some theories of why these insects have this bizarre behavior, believing they may possibly use the moon to navigate and these other light sources throw off this instinct; however, they are only theories, with scientists still searching for the answer to this mystery.
There is a phrase that is connected to this behavior, “like a moth to a flame,” which describes dangerous behaviors, such as greed, lust, and gambling. However, what if we look at this phrase from another perspective? What would it be like, if we were willing to chase after God like how a moth chases light? Not merely satisfied in seeing Him from a distance or reading descriptions about Him, but truly desiring to get close and personal with Him? even if it causes us physical harm, or even, forfeit our lives? Continue reading
I’ve heard this song on the radio during the last few weeks. And though it has a catchy beat, and I get what it’s trying to say, I wish it wasn’t being played–that there was more “Joy to the World,” or “Away in the Manger,” instead of “Christmas with a Capital ‘C'”.
The reason I say this, is because I believe there is too much time and energy spent on arguing and debate, rather than on sharing the Gospel. And heated debates being made, without one knowing all the facts. I say this, for though I am a Christian, and I believe we should talk about Jesus daily, I have no problem with saying, “Merry Xmas”, or “Happy holidays.” Why? Continue reading
I’m warning you now, SPOILER ALERT. No, this isn’t a movie review, and I won’t be talking about the whole film. But the one thing I want to concentrate on kind of gives away the climax of the movie. So if you don’t want the ending spoiled, watch the movie first and then come back to this blog. You have been warned.
With that said, Thor: Ragnarok has been out in theaters for a little over two weeks now–and has been killing it in the box office, especially compared to Justice League . . .
Anyways, except for the elevation of foul language and crude humor, and seeing the backside of a Hulk (never gonna get that image out of my head) it’s a fun movie! and an epic conclusion to the Thor Trilogy! Continue reading