Monthly Archives: December 2015
As most everyone knows, clicking “Like” on a Facebook post is an easy way to let people know you enjoy it without leaving a comment. Just like a comment, the fact that you liked the post is visible. So far so good.
But then came the moral dilemma of wanting to show something other than Like. Someone announces a death in the family and suddenly Like doesn’t feel right. It’s safe to assume the recipient understands you as saying “I’m so sorry,” but there is something awkward about saying Like to the news that someone’s mother just died. Continue reading
There is a small plaque on the back of a pulpit that no one sees except the speaker. Engraved in that plaque are words from John 12:21, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” The point is obvious. Anyone speaking behind that pulpit has the obligation to focus the people’s attention on Jesus.
I would like to point out that there is perhaps no better evangelistic tool than the counsel of that passage. Though personal testimony, booklet, diagrams, and apologetics have their place in sharing the gospel, there is nothing quite like seeing someone reading one of the Gospels for themselves and coming face-to-face with the central character.
In a wonderfully titled essay, “What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?”, C. S. Lewis does the reader a service by going straight to the central character and asking “Who does he think he is?” He writes, Continue reading
The question came to me during one of those (unfortunately too many) national disasters. But I couldn’t ask it then. There is “A time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Such was a time of silence.
But now that the story is no longer leading in the news I want to ask about all the praying that went on. For a few days social media was awash with “Praying for ______,” but much of it was by people who, up to that point, were nothing but critical of praying. Post something about God, faith, belief, attending church, or praying, and these folks were some of the first to criticize and mock. I can’t help but wonder, now that we are a few weeks past the last tragedy, are these folks still praying? Continue reading
It’s one of those ancient theological dilemmas that has been around since the time of the apostles. What happens to people who never hear the gospel?
Various answers have been proposed. Some are based on passages of Scripture, others are based on attributes such as compassion, justice, fairness, and reason. Two passages that must be addressed in any such discussion include John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,’” and Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” For some people, such verses answer all the questions. For others, they simply raise more questions. Continue reading
“No one is perfect.”
I’ve heard this statement, gosh, I don’t know how many times. I’ve heard it from well educated people and from folks not so sophisticated. I’ve heard it from very wealthy people and from folks not so well off. And I’ve heard it from the atheist, agnostic, and the religious individual as well. It seems the one thing we can all agree on is that no one is perfect. It’s an admission with no fear of contradiction.
But though the consensus is universal, is it comforting? Does the fact that no one knows first aid bring any comfort to the person bleeding out on the floor? How much better it would be to have someone come forward and say “Stand back, I got this one!” Continue reading