It’s popular to be angry. If a person makes an angry post about their enemy (who also happens to be the enemy of many others) on Twitter or Facebook, the post will certainly get lots of likes and retweets. A good way to grow a public platform is to be display outrage against a common […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Acting Like God"
Popularity is a good drug. It doesn’t cost much. It’s not too hard to come by. And it feels really good. The only problem with popularity, or playing the approval game, is doesn’t last forever. It only lasts as long as your ability to maintain it. And maintaining it is very difficult, because, well, pleasing people is […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Deepening Roots"
We don’t like change. We like what we know. This is difficult for followers of Jesus, because… Jesus calls us to change of heart and life. He says, “I didn’t come to call righteous people but sinners to change their hearts and lives” (Luke 5:32, CEB). Jesus calls us to big change, to change from the […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Garments & Wineskins"
The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most famous stories in the history of the world. Even if someone has never heard the story, they know the term, “Good Samaritan.” Though we know of the Good Samaritan, we struggle with being the Good Samaritan. Jesus said that being the Good Samaritan is how you love God and love […]Read more "Who Is My Neighbor?"
In his book Immortal Diamond, Richard Rohr says, “We are all looking for an immortal diamond: something utterly reliable, something loyal and true, something we can always depend on, something unforgettable and shining.” While we’re all looking for that, our culture tries to sell us this other counterfeit mineral: being liked. When we buy in, we try to build ourselves up […]Read more "The Gospel According to “Like”: The Devil Rushes In"