December 07, 2009
When most think about God they think of rules, commands, judgments and wrath—with the cherished counterbalance of grace and forgiveness sprinkled in. In American evangelicalism the goal of faith appears to center on “believing” the right thing—believing the gospel. But if “belief” is the only goal of the gospel, then once a person believes, life is futureless—we’ve done it all; we’ve finished the race because the finish line is “spiritual enlightenment.”
I’m not suggesting that belief isn’t critical and the place we must start—it is—but...
February 06, 2009
For those of us who are Christ-followers, it doesn’t take long for us to get offended as we look at what’s going on in American culture. We live in an upside down world where good is called evil and evil, good. It grieves us, and it should. It grieves God’s heart as well. This past weekend Nancy Pelosi was on NBC’s “This Week” program and said some things that offended me to the core. Ms. Pelosi, who is a rabid liberal voice, was pushing funding for family planning services as an important part of the strategy for our recovering economy. Why? Because if we eliminate births of children, states will have more money to...
January 29, 2009
BARACK OBAMA, the 44th president of the United States heralds the promise of a new beginning for America. With reckless abandon President Obama is telling us that this is a new day; that a new dawn of positive change is upon us no matter how challenging the times are. Though I don’t think any politician can make good on the kind of future President Obama is promising, I gotta be honest—I love the way it sounds! Something in me loves the language of hope and change. There is such innocence about it. And I love innocence. Innocence is purity without corruption. It’s jammed with trust and curiosity, without ever considering the possible...