[H]ow we treat children very closely resembles (or perhaps reveals) our own perceptions of how we are getting along with God.
Is our culture so bent on manufactured entertainment that we refuse to effectively care even as it destroys us?
Read that title again. Not “abandoned.” Abandoning. In L.A. County, in fact in all surrounding counties as well, there is no shortage of strange and disparaging stories. The “baby in a dumpster” phenomenon might rightfully be considered the most depraved. But it is also a nationwide issue, and not isolated or sporadic in practice. A… Continue reading The Case of The Abandoning Parent
…is the person we become. Without hesitation, I need to say that no examples here are meant out of anything but love, and a heavy concern for those who follow the very same Jesus with me. And I have taken many steps to ensure that what I say now is measured against myself, so that… Continue reading The God We Worship…
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not… Continue reading Spiritual Gifts…in The “Unchurched”?
Yes, it’s true. God, through the school, bestowed a commission of what I can only describe as glory, and for that I am extremely grateful. I saw colleagues whom I had worked with, professors who remembered me even after years of absence, friends who somehow were graduating on the same exact day as me. The experience was full and joyous. But the call to graduate is a call to worthiness and is therefore, by-definition, not necessarily a pleasurable one.
Judas Iscariot is often typified as the quintessential “lost for good.” Here’s a question: Was Judas able to repent?
Some ask that in order to make a case that Judas was not beyond grace. I suggest trying to argue “beyond grace” is a false distinction, because no one is beyond it. And here’s the kicker: repentance was not the reason why Judas was lost.
Lord, have mercy: This is going to be very controversial.
Perhaps when we pray “Your will be done,” we ought to include for meaning’s sake, “the way You want it done.”