Where are the days of duty and promise, pledges and vows, oaths and formal agreements? Contemporary Western cultures are enthralled by choice and committed primarily to preserving the freedom to withdraw, move on, reconsider and renegotiate. We are faithful to our spouses until fidelity is uncomfortable and inconvenient. We are loyal to our employers until we get a better offer.
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One of the most difficult books of the Bible to interpret is Revelation. Luther called it a “moot prophecy.” John Calvin, though he wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible, wrote of Revelation, “I don’t understand it.”
If you've been a believer for any amount of time, you're familiar with the feeling. It's like you’re...off. Foggy. You're not connecting with God, even after you've asked Him to search your heart and reveal to you any unconfessed or secret sin. You are praying your guts out. You read the Scriptures hoping to feel real again. Your relationships are going well, but you feel distant from ...
It was in Genesis that God instituted the idea of work—before the Fall. This means that work is intrinsically good. Because of the Fall, work will now be hard and involve thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-19), but we cannot forget its intended design. We must fight the temptation to allow the struggles we have had or the corruptions we have seen to redefine the meaning for work.
To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question. And how we answer leads to other questions: Gross or net? What if in debt? Should we give 10% of everything, including Christmas and birthday gifts and tax refunds? If you cannot give with joy, should you just not give at all?
Did you know the word “nice” used to mean foolish or stupid? Ironically, people started using it as a way to describe someone as “pleasant” or “decent,” unaware of its original meaning, and over time, “nice” completely lost its original meaning.
I've been listening to Aaron Sorkin for a few years now. Sorkin is the screenwriter behind The Social Network, The West Wing, Sports Night and much more. If you've been listening with me, you know there is something forceful in his words, something that champions excellence and points to a deeper, truer beauty.
The Monday evening started like any other. However, when my husband called his work to say he was running late, the response was unlike any other. His supervisor, who doesn’t work the same shift, answered. He requested that Jack arrive as soon as possible. So my husband hurried to get ready and jokingly said as he left, “I hope they aren’t closing us down.”