I was reading John 14 today, as I've done countless times before. However, after having just reading a bunch of vile "Christian" declarations on the Internet, I had tears in my eyes. See, I don't read the Bible to reinforce what I've been told it says. I don't read it to find loopholes in what … Continue reading Christian Life Goals #1
Legalism (or being legalistic) is a term used to describe (in Christian circles) the number of (and/or method of how) hoops are jumped through to keep one's salvation. For example, when one is saved, they are eventually (usually pretty quickly) given the list of things they are no longer allowed to do: no smoking, no drinking, no … Continue reading “Good” Legalism?
I'm a Christian. I am a Christian. I. Am. A. Christian. It's a simple phrase, but I often have a hard time saying it. At least lately. It was easier to claim to be a Christian when I wasn't even going to church! I guess the thing that I wanted to avoid with using the … Continue reading I Am A Christian (Taking It Back)
We (Americans, at least) tend to go through phases - not only what's in or out, but what is acceptable and unacceptable. In our recent history, one of these things has been tolerance. Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree … Continue reading Repenting of Tolerance
How do I tell my new co-workers that I am a Christian? Do I need to? I kinda assume that they are going to figure it out without me introducing myself like this: “Hi. My name is Ed. I’m a Christian.” I have never done this, yet all of the people I directly work with … Continue reading New Co-workers
These may not be worded the same way you would word them, but, in my opinion, this is the natural progression of how the Gospel truly works in/through us: * Seeker (looking for God) hears the Gospel * Believer (accepts Christ) sees others through God’s eyes * Christian (loves others unconditionally) feels the Kingdom at … Continue reading Progression
It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep … Continue reading Jesus, Cleansing The Temple (You Are The Temple)