Jesus, Friend of Sinners: But How?
Jesus was a friend of sinners not because he winked at sin, ignored sin, or enjoyed light-hearted revelry with those engaged in immorality. Jesus was a friend of sinners in that he came to save sinners and was very pleased to welcome sinners who were open to the gospel, sorry for their sins, and on their way to putting their faith in Him.
7 Mistakes We Make In Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible studies can help us get serious about the Scriptures. They spur us on to stay in God’s Word and think deeply about what it means and how it applies to our lives. But, just as Martha became “distracted with much serving” (Luke 10:40) and neglected sitting at Jesus’ feet, we women can become distracted and lose focus—even when we gather together for Bible study. Here are seven common mistakes we tend to make.
Does the public persona of your faith live in harmony with the private realities of your life? Here are a few examples . . .
Has Failure Become A Virtue?
In recent years church leaders have rightly spoken out against moralistic therapeutic deism, which is really just a fancy name for legalism – the idea that we earn God’s favor through external obedience to a moral code. Moralistic therapeutic deism, as in the days of Jesus, pervades our culture and even our churches. And it’s as harmful today as it was when Jesus spoke against it two thousand years ago. I fear, however, that as an antidote, some are now articulating an equally skewed view of grace. I have come to call this view “ecstatic failurism” – the idea that believers cannot obey the Law and will fail at every attempt. But more than that, that our failure is ultimately cause to celebrate because it makes grace all the more beautiful.
Magic and Meyers-Briggs
There is an infinite, qualitative difference between what we usually do and who we are. The test-result gives us the former, but can never give us the latter. I believe we suffer from an inordinate desire to ignore this fact. If the test can give us who we are, we can be freed from the responsibility of becoming who we are.
It May Be Time To Call An Old Friend
My friend Wiley Pugh recently died. Wiley died at 58 of a sudden heart attack. My one regret is that it had been more than a decade since we talked. He’d cross my mind – and I’d think I should give him a call. Maybe you have a Wiley Pugh in your life. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Pick up the phone…today.
The Patience of Jim
Next time you’re running about two quarts low on hope, or feel like you’re on the wrong end of God’s Whac-A-Mole game, think of Jim Kelly and be glad you’re not him. Jim Kelly is sport’s Job. If it’s raining anywhere, it’s raining on Jim Kelly. He’s as unlucky as a one-legged dog. And yet when you see Jim Kelly, he acts as if he just won Publishers Clearing House. ”I’ve been blessed,” says Kelly, 54. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
The Terms of Our Surrender
From the Ross Douthat at the NYT: If your only goal is ensuring that support for traditional marriage diminishes as rapidly as possible, applying constant pressure to religious individuals and institutions will probably do the job. Already, my fellow Christians are divided over these issues, and we’ll be more divided the more pressure we face. The conjugal, male-female view of marriage is too theologically rooted to disappear, but its remaining adherents can be marginalized, set against one other, and encouraged to conform.