Spiritual Growth

Context is Key: Judge Not . . .

Have you ever seen a movie ad on TV? Those things always crack me up. Why? Because they’re so misleading! If you were to go by movie trailers, every movie ever made would be “epic,” a “cinematic thrill ride,” and “a masterpiece.” But if you actually read the full review, a lot of times, that one word or phrase looks more like this: “an epic disaster,” “the furthest thing from a cinematic thrill ride,” “this movie is not a masterpiece.”

I […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:24+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

The Word Became Flesh: Understanding the Logos

Have you ever been asked to summarize who you are? Maybe you had to write a bio for your Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Maybe you’ve been asked to describe yourself during a job interview. Maybe you were on a date and you were asked the question, “So tell me about yourself.” In those moments, we try to find the best words to condense in our origin, heritage, personality, character, credentials, strengths, and our likes and dislikes into a few words.

Here’s […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:45+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Accidental Pharisees

Some groups of people seem destined to be at odds with one another forever. Hatfields and McCoys, Yorks and Lancasters, Capulets and Montagues, Trekkies and Warsies, Yankees and Red Sox, elves and dwarves . . . and the list goes on and on. We even see this in the Bible with the Jews and the Samaritans.

Many times, the feuding factions don’t even know why they’re at each other’s throats, or their feud is based on some petty slight. In Romeo and Juliet, we’re never […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:26+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Living as an Ambassador for Christ

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”—2 Corinthians 5:20

We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors on earth.

What does that mean? What’s an ambassador? Here’s what the dictionary says it is. The word ambassador means: An official representative. We all pretty much know that. When we hear that, we think of the government. I think of the United Nations, of an embassy. I think of people from all these different countries and parts of […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

A Matter of the Heart

The old saying goes, “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” While I am certain this is not true for all men, it is definitely true of me. If you were looking to find the key that opens the treasure box to my heart, chances are you’ll probably find it in a Brazilian steakhouse, a burger joint, or a pizza parlor. I love food. So, naturally, the woman I would choose to bind my heart to […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:36+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Context is Key: The Desires of Your Heart

Have you ever entered a conversation midway? I often find one of two things happens when I’m in that situation: Either 1) I think to myself, What did I just walk into? as I hear something said in a vacuum that simply doesn’t make any sense to me or 2) I think I know what they’re talking about and then I chime in, only to discover I didn’t have all the facts.

In both cases, a misinterpretation or misunderstanding took place because I […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:43+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|