Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra offers a helpful summary of the challenge Compassion International faces in India.
Eric Geiger (with some assistance from Kris Dolberry):
Fire is an amazing thing, isn’t it? It can be incredibly helpful—warming your home, cooking your dinner, and when focused, can even cut through steel. Men are similar to fire. Men can either warm families, churches, and communities or they can burn them to the ground. That’s why every church must minister to men in an intentional and strategic way. Ministry to men is challenging for many reasons.
Trip Lee offers an answer:
Every Christian has endured times when we have been hated, when we have faced the scorn, the fists, or the swords of those opposed to God. We who put our faith in Jesus agree to bear the cross of Jesus. That cross comes with inevitable suffering and shame. We who follow a hated Savior cannot be surprised when we experience a measure of his suffering, when we bear a measure of his shame.
But why? Why are we hated? Why is it that we should be not surprised when the world turns against us?
When we put our minds long to the idea of Jesus being one hundred percent God and simultaneously one hundred percent man, they naturally feel overwhelmed. The orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation is compelling, beautiful, biblically sensible, and salvifically necessary, but it is nevertheless utterly inscrutable. And that’s okay. In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.
Betsy Childs Howard:
The hardest thing about waiting is not knowing when it’s going to end, if it is going to end. Waiting brings questions without easy answers. If your life’s plans aren’t coming to fruition, should you change course or hold out for your heart’s desire? Are your unfulfilled yearnings indicators of sinful discontentment, or blessings God simply hasn’t yet fulfilled?
A favorite from the archives:
For me as a dad, what my daughter’s words remind me of is not a failing on her part, nor even a failing on mine. It’s a reminder of the fact that that the tension we feel at Christmas sometimes is the same tension we have every day. It’s so easy for presents and decorations and all the stuff surrounding how we celebrate Christmas to… not so much remove Jesus from the holiday, but to put him on the sidelines. Just like it’s so easy for the errands we have to run, the projects at work, the reports due for school, the movies we want to watch, and the laundry still undone to put Jesus on the sidelines.