Despite being a large book with a vast history, the Bible tells one story. This, indeed, is what makes it such a miraculous book. Even though it's pages are comprised of words and letters from 40 different authors, spanning approximately 1,500 years, the Bible has one note, one plot line: Christ crucified for sinners.
Perhaps the most sinister issue with modern Christianity is the absence of purity in the pulpit. I'm not talking about the purity of the preacher but the purity of his message. We've forgotten what the pulpit is for and bastardized it with perplexing epigrams and pithy sayings that dilute the message of the gospel.
When endeavoring to define faith in the biblical sense, teachers and preachers hasten to bring their audience to Hebrews 11. This, of course, is the "faith chapter," or the "hall of faith" (as it's commonly called).
Mondays are the worst. That's not just an Internet cliché, it's the God's honest truth. Mondays have a long-standing reputation of being the most loathsome day of the week.
A piece I wrote for Christ Hold Fast on what should be proclaimed from our pulpits. (Hint: Less morals, more Messiah.)
Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” has sort of become a pop-culture punch line at this point. The irony isn’t lost on this track as, despite it’s title, there’s almost no irony to be found in its lyrics. Some have delved much too deep into the meaning of this song, but their efforts at philosophizing a shallow ’90s song have proved unfruitful in the endeavor to find some semblance of irony.
The drum of Scripture continually beats a theme that, unless consciously and carefully observed, will go largely unnoticed. Some portions of the inspired Word speak to this theme louder than others. Others require a vigilant reading between-the-lines interpretation to decipher what the Lord’s telling us. I am, of course, referring to the theme of God’s upside-down economy.
Growing up, I never really believed in Santa Claus. You can call that a parenting travesty if you wish. I don’t, however. I am thankful that it was never instilled in me to believe in this omniscient, omnipresent man who’d reward you on December 25th for all the good you’ve done throughout the past 360-odd days.
Of all the traits that are to be associated with believers, perhaps the hardest (at least for me) is remaining patient and kind with difficult people. I’m sure you’re familiar with these sorts of individuals — co-workers, classmates, associates, even friends in your circle that, for whatever reason, just irritate and aggravate you to no end.
It’s no secret that I’m an ardent fan of The Lord of the Rings — both J. R. R. Tolkien’s original works and the film adaptations by acclaimed director, Peter Jackson. Both the trilogy of books and movies comprise monolithic achievements in the realms of literature and cinema. Both remain masterpieces of storytelling and art.