In the book of Jeremiah, the people of Israel were warned about the people who were preaching and attributing their words to the Lord, claiming to be prophets of God. The only thing was… they weren’t. They were preaching a false Gospel and yet many believed them and their claims.Read More
If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have been joyful when I should have been sad.
If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have been at peace when I should have been scared.
If I have fallen in love with a God who isn't real... then I have had compassion toward others for no good reason.Read More
Doodles, by their very nature, are non-threatening.
I mean, seriously... doodles? Rather than have religious doctrine laid out in front of you in all its complexity and depth for the first time, wouldn't you rather your friend buy you a cup of coffee and ask the barista for a few extra napkins to doodle on? See, here's the cool part about it - no one expects doodles to convey the complexities. No one sketches a Rembrandt and expects the viewer to stand in awe or examine the play of light and color or admire the details... because you can't. So if you ask an art aficionado to give you a beginner's lesson on Rembrandt and he pulls out a napkin and his sketch pen, you don't freak out. You expect simply to hit the highlights - to ski the bunny slopes. In the same vein, when you pull out a napkin to share the Gospel, your listener doesn't expect incredibly daunting theology to be thrust upon them but rather a crash course. With a napkin, the concept is so utterly familiar that you feel like, at least on a rudimentary level, you can understand it! No one is afraid of a napkin.Read More
Have you ever wondered what contribution that person who plays video games all day is making to the world? Or how about this: have you ever wondered what contribution that person who works a tedious 9-5 job, plays golf with his buddies on the weekends, takes his 5 vacation days to go to Disney World once a year, and spends his paycheck paying off a car note and mortgage is making to the world? Yikes. That's like... 80% of America or something.Read More
I read a lot and much of what I read is business related; usually tailored toward the life hackers, the entrepreneurs, the eccentric, the bold and the adventurous. In my reading, I have noticed a trend that seems to tie all of these thoughts together:
To receive you must first be willing to give.
Though we passed armed guards and wrought-iron gates, we walked in silence as we entered into the sanctuary. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we were directed by tired, grumpy priests to sit in cold, metal folding chairs, we sat in silence as the masses filed in, one by one. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we knelt on cold, hard concrete with our feet uncomfortably twisted beneath us, we knelt in silence as we listened to the angelic choral music fill the void. The only word ringing in my head was reverence.
To those who may be angry or confused:
What is Christianity?
To some, it's a systematic approach to the world through a faith-based lense. It simply gives them an easy answer where there wouldn't ordinarily be one.
To others, it's a crutch upon which Bible-believing scientists, historians and writers get to pass Go! and collect $200, copping out of the "truth".
Many see it as a organized, well-put-together list of rituals and practices that help you rejoice in the good times, take comfort in the bad times and gives you a hope that there is something else out there other than what we can see.
But pure Christianity, stripped of its cultural bells and whistles, is a commitment to knowing Christ. Until we get there, we haven't adopted it truly; we have only adopted the habitual practices - prayer, Church, mission trips, youth lock-ins - that accompany it.Read More