I’m not telling you anything new when I say that it’s not okay in our current culture to speak openly about your faith. Some folks are offended and threatened by one propagating their faith. Frankly, some of this makes sense because the object of one’s faith contextualizes faith. If the object of my faith is different than yours, we share but one thing: a need to believe in something. And everyone believes in something.
When we hire the wrong people, we expose our organization to loss. The wrong person can cost your endeavor thousands of dollars, wound your team moral, negatively impact your customers, create a culture of distrust, and the list of possible grievances only gets darker and more devastating.
Like you, I have been exposed to good people as well as others who can be described differently. This proverb is screaming out to the young and to those seeking companionship.
As true believers, we envision this same comfort and hope available to all. That's why Jesus' command to "go and make disciples" is our labor of love.
Many folks don't like the phrase "Fear God." They often explain this by reminding us that God is gracious and loving and therefore, there is no need for fear. Indeed, Scripture and our blessings of life would agree that God is loving but that's not all it says about him.
What I came to learn is that Christian apologetics is the part of Christian theology (the study of God) that gives a rational defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” is a derivative of the Greek word apologia that, according to Wikipedia, means “giving an explanation or reply and to rebut the charge”. In other words, telling people the reason why you believe what you believe. What it definitely isn’t is saying sorry over and over when asked about my faith.
Many movies have been produced about Jesus. Most of them portray a portion of his ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Do you remember the Pilate-Jesus scene included in most of these films? Jesus and Pilate are having a "behind-the-scenes mini trial. Jesus explains to Pilate that he has come to testify to the truth. But Pilate responds with skepticism asking, "What is Truth?" (John 18:28-38)
It's a snowy Sunday morning in Colorado. The type of day and weather that encourages me to reflect. As humans, we have passion. To some this is news but to most I am stating the obvious. Our Creator intentional designed us with passion. Though it can vary in levels of intensity and flavor, we are gifted with this essence.
Fifty three times the term “the angel of the Lord” is used in the Bible(1); first used in Genesis 16:7 and the last and only New Testament use was in Matthew 1:24. This meaning of term differs from “an angel of the Lord” which appears 11 times and is widely considered to be any angel sent by God.
We are afraid. We struggle with fear. We feel threatened. Scripture tells us this is true if we have yet to be perfected by love.
Sometimes it’s obvious when we are afraid. Something bad has happened and we fear the worst. We hear of layoffs and we just know it’s our turn to be out there looking for a job. Our phone rings late at night and once again our minds run to the faces we know and love. We are awaiting the test results from the lab while bracing ourselves for the worst possible news.
Practical and specific questions regarding human sexuality are good, not bad. The way to get to the best answers is to ask the right questions. I don’t think I have ever been asked the question found at the top of this page; however, I believe it is the best question to begin the discussion about sexuality.