Imagine with me for a minute…I know, we are all mature adults here, but humor me, please? Imagine with me a first date. You are raiding your closet one, two, three times, in hopes of something magically appearing the next time you check…Like the shopping elf dropped a present into your wardrobe in the amount […]
WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS?
Often times, explaining the Gospel can be surprisingly difficult. When put on the spot for Christ, many of us become uncomfortable and cannot quite find the words to describe the faith that we have centered our lives around. Having personally encountered this unexpected reaction to the question “What is the Gospel?,” I asked several people […]
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Lately I’ve been praying to see people the way God sees them and to treat them as such. God sees us without blemish. Lovingly. Just as we are. He’s kind, merciful, and giving towards us. But I’ve been struggling with this for some time as I just want to love all people no matter how […]
Thou Shalt Not Super-Size
Fast-food restaurants offer larger drinks and sides for a few extra cents. Buffet restaurants compete to offer the cheapest price for unlimited trips to the all-you-can-eat table. For many Americans, that is the new way of life. Get the most food for the least amount of money. Getting more food for less is part of […]
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?
I like to wonder in amazement at the faith. When I find a person who is really curious, I like to tell them about what really excites me about Christianity. This is very personal, and every person’s testimony is personal to themselves. That is the testimony we should be sharing. For me, I love two […]
ARE CHRISTIANS SHELTERED?
In the book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity: And Why It Matters, Kinnaman and Lyons, with research from the Barna group, highlight the ways Christians are viewed in a negative light, especially among Americans aged 16 to 29. The authors present research indicating that Christians are best known for the things […]
WHERE’S YOUR EDEN?
For people to escape from their troubles and worries, they must try to imagine they’re in a place of peace and beauty. For some people to find peace of mind and to be able to think clearly, they feel the need to let their minds wander into a paradise they consider their own. In the […]
HOW DO HABITS BECOME ADDICTIONS?
What is it that you just can’t live without? For Christians, the answer is simple: God. We literally cannot live without God. Without God there would be huge, gaping holes in our lives. He is the one who ultimately meets our need for love, safety and comfort. Why, then, do so many Christians suffer from […]
ARE CHRISTIANS JUDGMENTAL?
This is the sixth and final installment in our series exploring ideas put forth in the book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Dave Lyons (2007). The authors survey information gleaned from the Barna group to discuss some negative perceptions people have of Christians. […]
ARE CHRISTIANS TOO POLITICAL?
In the last issue we covered the fourth perception mentioned in the book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity: And Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons (2007). In the book, Kinnaman and Lyons, with research from the Barna group, highlight the ways Christians are viewed in a negative light, […]