As followers of Christ we need to make an intentional effort to realize that Jesus exists in the present.
Christians often talk about God in the past tense by referencing Biblical accounts, or the future tense by discussing the book of Revelation and prophecies, but rarely in the present tense—in the real, existing, moments of today. Too often, we forget that God is alive and present right here, right now.
Instead of asking yourself “What would Jesus do?,” start asking yourself “What is Jesus doing?”
Jesus is alive and the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Too often we consider Jesus as a past memory instead of a present reality
1) Christ is perfect but “Christianity” is not. Don’t mistake Christian Culture as God, they aren’t the same thing. Churches, pastors, theologians, and other believers will inevitably fail you, but Jesus never will.
Hey everyone! As you’ve probably noticed the blog has been a little quieter than usua. I just wanted to let you know that within the next few weeks things should be picking up again.
Lately, my wife’s grandfather died, and with a few other big unexpected family events occurring within the last few weeks things have been chaotic, busy, and extremely tiring. I decided to slow down for a while and regather some energy.
But things are starting to get back to normal and I’m looking forward to blogging regularly again soon.
In the meantime, thanks for all of the prayer and support, and I appreciate all of the comments, reads, shares, and interaction you’ve shown! Have a great week!
When it comes to helping people with self-esteem, health, and respect concerning their body image—and the image of the others—we often rightfully focus on helping kids, teenagers, and young adults.
They face body-shaming, bullying, and extreme marketing and advertising pressure to fulfill impossible standards. After years of being continuously bombarded with millions of—often photoshopped—images of what perfect humans are “supposed to look like,” our youth culture has become unprepared to deal with the antithesis of the flawless body: the natural process of growing old.
This has created a generation that’s become uncomfortable with facing the existence of aging—often perceiving older people as having less value and worth. Although this truth will never be verbally admitted or acknowledged, our corporate actions—or lack thereof — reveal a callous, apathetic, and ignorant attitude.
Ironically, our society’s obsession with body shaming and body image has resulted in the elderly being one of our culture’s most devastated victims.
Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics, and boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development.
Today, few questions are as important, impactful, meaningful, or divisive within Christianity as the following six:
Christendom is embroiled in yet another Worship War.
Gungor’s non-mainstream beliefs have prompted outrage among many Evangelicals, causing Christians to question their stance about supporting their music: Should we continue to use Gungor’s songs in church? Should Christian stores sell their records? Are they still even considered Christian? Is their music worship?
Predictably, it’s resulted in people lamenting the spiritual downfall of modern worship music and advocating for the righteous purity of old-fashioned hymns, liturgical worship, and “tradition.” It’s hard to argue against the validity of songs that have stood the test of time, but before we wholeheartedly dismiss today’s worship as being superficial, shallow, and theologically flawed, and before we glorify the worship of the past, consider this:
Sometimes it seems like American Christians all read the exact same Bible: The ‘American Standard Version’—where every verse, account, story, and parable within scripture is interpreted through the lens of being an American. God originally authored this scripture with the intention of blessing America, protecting America, supporting her interests, and generally ignoring the rest of the world.