What is the gospel? Some may wonder why I’ve started with such a simple question. Isn’t the gospel that we are justified by faith alone? Isn’t the gospel about personal salvation and faith in Jesus? Isn’t the gospel about how we can go to heaven when we die? These are common answers to the question, but what if none of these are fully correct definitions of the gospel? ...
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The more we disagree with someone, the less likely we are to empathize with them. Empathy is a critical component of compassion and care. Having a heart for someone who does not share your opinion is an attempt to step into their shoes in order to understand their feelings.
Christianity is dying. At least, that’s what major newspapers are telling us today, culling research from a new Pew Center study on what almost all sociologists are observing these days—the number of Americans who identify as Christians has reached an all-time low and is falling. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.
Who are your heroes? Who are the people you want most to emulate? Who do you want to be most like? Why them? This series of questions reveals much about a person. Those who most influence us give perhaps the greatest insight into our character.
Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps His promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can lead us to treasure hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways.
Stephen Curry, the point guard of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and this year’s league MVP, has become famous for “putting defenders in blenders” with his unfounded quickness and amazing ball-handling skills, not to mention his crazy 3-point shots. Yet, despite his phenomenal abilities and success, Curry has become known for more.
I did band for a year. It was the most painfully uncool year of my life. At my middle school, you had to do choir plus band or theater. There was a girl in band I thought was cute, so I went with band. I chose percussion, proving mediocre at best.
In a culture of comfort, entitlement and self-indulgence, the lives of believers in Jesus Christ should declare a very different message. I don't mean only what we say and sing on Sunday morning, but the very testimony of our living sacrifices, our whole bodies—flesh and spirit—presented to God as holy and acceptable (Rom. 12:1).