Podcast: On the latest episode of The Hero of the Story, we’re talking about the relationship between love and obedience. This was a fun but challenging episode. Can’t wait to share the next!
The link between the indicative statement of fact and the imperative statement of response is the word “therefore.” And again, you find it all over the Bible. That single word has great power because it brings together the work of God and the response of humanity. You might even say that the entire Christian life is built on understanding these “therefore’s”.
A list that should surprise exactly no one considering the source. Facts and Trends shared a few thoughts on this.
So, I’m not young but God willing, I have some years left to serve the Lord. Though I pray for visible fruit in this day, I increasingly find myself asking God for the grace to finish well. My motivations are partly based on stories I hear of pastors who do not end well. One story is too many. Maybe it’s our current multimedia age, but I feel like I hear about these things in growing frequency.
I don’t look on these pastors with any sort of judgment. Rather, I recognize that apart from the grace of God in my life, I am fully capable of experiencing the same things that cause others not to finish well.
I’m a science fiction dork. Half of my reading list this year is “space operas.” One hallmark of this genre is that they often include a merry band of space pirates who discover a new planet and send a drone down to observe the unsuspecting inhabitants. The inhabitants tend to be otherworldly, and the space pirates use what they observe about the creatures’ anatomy to learn how they live, what they do, and how much of a threat they pose.
It began, as these things typically do, with a time-wasting scroll down my Facebook wall. A video clip, already liked and commented on by thousands, caught my eye. A well-known conservative personality was speaking on a campus. The headline: “_______ Totally Owns Liberals at ______.” I watched the clip and nodded along with the person’s arguments.
I thought about sharing it. But then I thought about my Facebook friends who might identify with the movement this person was critiquing. Would they appreciate being “owned”? Would his tone and approach change their thinking? Most of all, would they be interested in hearing the gospel from me after being digitally punked?
I resisted the urge to share the video.
The past few months (and if we are honest, the past few years) have been hard for Christians, and evangelicals in particular. I’ve felt it myself as I’ve had to deal with some good friends confess to failures, and the aftermath that has occurred in their wake.
It’s certainly been much harder on those directly hurt, but it’s impacted many of us.
A favorite from the archives:
The whole concept of false teachers and false teaching is one that makes many Christians squirm. We don’t like to think about the idea that there are people who are actively trying to deceive believers, to turn them away from the truth of the Christian faith. But all one has to do is look around at a Christian bookstore and you can see it—deception is present.
So who are they?