I really appreciated reading this.
If you talk a big game about “the gospel,” but don’t live like it’s true, the people you do life with will begin to suspect you don’t actually believe it. Worse yet, they may begin to disbelieve it themselves.
I realized recently that it was coming up on 20 years since I became a Christian. The contemplation of this truth is enough to drive me to tears. I was lost, so very lost. I knew nothing about the Bible, and the gospel was utter foolishness. But when I brought my questions to a coworker he faithfully opened his Bible and answered my questions. He led me to Christ. I was so excited that when I came home that night I told my wife that I had big news. “Did you know Jesus Christ died for all of my sin!?” God had arrested me by his grace and caused me to be born-again. As I look back on 20 years I wrote down 20 reflections. There’s more to say, but this is what came out first.
I have an intense, irrational hatred for yard work. I don’t understand or like this about myself, but I’d trade yard work for washing dishes, cleaning the bathroom, or doing laundry any day of the week.
And yet, instead of grumbling about this task, I should think about it biblically. Here’s my attempt to frame this work in the familiar categories of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation.
This is worth considering, especially if you’re evangelistically challenged.
I’m certainly aware that pastoring and leading people can be challenging. I know that churches have difficult members, and I also know that some churches have difficult pastors. In fact, my father was asked to resign one of his churches for no cause whatsoever. As a pastor’s son, I watched the unfairness of that situation affect my father’s ministry and family life. As a pastor today, I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to see his example of forgiveness and continued ministry. Regardless of the challenges pastors may face, we have many important reasons for showing appreciation to our churches.
A favorite from the archives:
That’s the thing, isn’t it? Let’s not forget that satire has a purpose: it showcases the shortcomings, vices, and follies of individuals, governments, organizations or society as a whole with the goal of improving it through ridicule. This is what you see in The Onion, with its open mockery of what passes for news, as opposed to a classic movie like Airplane, which sends up crisis films so wonderfully. The latter does a great job poking fun. The former implicitly asks, “can’t we do better than this“?