Personally, the struggle isn’t over “my opinion of them as persons.” God knows we are all deeply broken and in need of grace. The struggle is rooted in my love for these treasured members of the church family. How are pastors supposed to process grief related to shepherding those who confide in us for pastoral counseling? I’ve realized that after I have walked into the darkness or pain and regret with someone, I need a strategy to fight my way back out of it. To ask the question from another angle, how do I prepare for the unexpected emotional and spiritual burdens that accompany pastoral counseling? I would like to offer three practical suggestions and two theological truths to help my fellow pastors in this area.
Instead, I think we should debate the debate, recognizing that the age of the Earth and evolution are not the point of Genesis 1-3. The actual point is that God created all things, that he created mankind uniquely in his image to carry his authority into creation and to fill his earthly tabernacle with God-worshipers, and that Adam and Eve failed at this task.
Ted Olsen points to the inconsistency of outrage culture with the cultural belief of moral relativism.
I wouldn’t have admitted it at the time, but I was bitter at God. Although he never promised that I was entitled to tour the land of Europe, I thought he owed it to me. It was the center of my prayer life, “God, thank you for this offer for my punk band to tour Europe, please work out the details in our favor so that everything goes according to plan.”
Due to a passport hang up it didn’t happen. A similar opportunity presented itself a year later and also fell through because of the same issue. Perspective and clarity would come, but not overnight.
A Rogue One – A New Hope Mashup
This is great:
I love to research. In fact, what I am often drawn towards when it comes to matters of theology are what some would label as more fringe topics such as the Nephilim for example. The command given to us in Scripture to “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) is one I take quite seriously. We live in a day when truth is viewed as relative. Thus, understanding the difference between truth and error is arguably more important than ever. Error often wraps itself in a cloak of what appears to be light. Shining the light of truth to expose error is the duty of all believers.
A favorite from the archives:
As Good Friday draws near, it’s natural for all of us who believe in Christ to reflect on the events of the crucifixion. The death of Jesus is one of the most significant events, not just for our faith, but in all of human history.
It still blows my mind that eleven Easters ago, I didn’t believe this—and more importantly, I didn’t care. That last Easter, I had, in fact, started reading the Bible. But it was in my quest to make fun of Christians for what we believe, not out of any sense of longing or desire to know Christ. What would happen if I told that younger Aaron that just a few weeks from then, he would believe what he sought to mock? What would he do if he learned that all his self-righteousness was worthless?