Most of us have two faces we wear. The “public face”, which is carefully cultivated to give the best impression possible, and the “secret face”. The secret face is the person we really are, when no one is watching.
Most of us are afraid to show our secret face in public. So our public faces are polished, and present a carefully crafted fiction of who would and what we are.
This is a Guest Post by Frank Viola, Frank is a friend I met during the last year. He is a prolific writer, and blogs at Beyond Evangelical
. Frank is currently offering an online discipleship course that I highly recommend
, and you can enroll here
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When I became a Christian in my youth, I had the naive idea that all Christians were loving, honest, and reliable. So I would always seek to hire a Christian if I needed a product or a service.
Sadly, my youthful notion of Christian business people was shattered when I realized that virtually every Christian I hired (1) overcharged (2) did a poor job and (3) weren’t exactly ethical or honest.
For just over two years, I have wondered how to do this. I have written and rewritten this post many times. The time was never right. I was not ready. But I’m ready now.
The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll
The time has come to tell you that I have Parkinson’s disease.
As Christians, much of the suffering we endure is caused by condemnation. What is condemnation, exactly?
Under the Law, we use our willpower to force ourselves to obey in a certain way in order to earn the good will of God. If we don’t keep the law perfectly, God will be angry with us, and punish us.
This week a man emailed me to ask me a tough question. “I was listening to your message.My wife and I are Christians for many years. We both believe that God will and can prosper us. But we have no more money. I have no job. We have debt. My wife has diabetes. We believe in healing, but we have not seen it. We believe in prosperity, but we are broke. We believe in it, but it is not working.”
This is how I answered him…
This is a fascinating Ted Talk video. Pastor Rick Warren is the author of The Purpose Driven Life. His book has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In this video he explains how God intends that each of us should use our gifts and talents in order to do good.
[note color="#c1fbf9"]This is a guest post, written by Sean Edwards. Sean’s passions include politics, economics, theology, eschatology, and the dynamics between the roles of government and faith. You can read Sean’s blog here. Sean also happens to be my son.[/note]
Can a follower of Jesus also accept the philosophy of Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged)? Yes, and the result is “Christian Objectivism”.
What is “Christian Objectivism”?
Many entrepreneurs and business people whose ministry is in the marketplace relate to the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. We often like to quote Genesis 39:2, “and the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man.”
But Joseph’s prosperity did not come without a price…
Perhaps you’ve heard talk about the “Seven Mountains”, or the “Seven Mountain Mandate, or “Seven Mountain Prophecy”. You may be wondering what this is all about. The idea is really quite simple: in our culture, there are Seven Mountains (think of them as “spheres” or simply “areas”) of influence, and the modern church is being called to build influence on each of those mountains.
Courtesy of Reclaim7Mountains.com
Where did this teaching come from? Is it biblical?
[note color="#c1fbf9"]This is a guest post, written by Phil Drysdale. Phil lives in Aberdeen, Scotland and leads a ministry focused on the grace of God – His goodness, our perfection in Him, and all that means. You can read Phil’s blog here, and follow him on Twitter. I recommend both.[/note]
One of the greatest tragedies for leaders in the church is that we have misinterpreted our role.
The role of a leader in Christianity is not to tell people what is right or wrong in different situations but rather to remind people of who they are and who God is in their different situations.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Christianity is not a morality club! It’s not a religion you join that is supposed to dictate right and wrong for you. The truth of the matter is that Christianity is a state of being, a union with God that comes from nothing we do but rather entirely from what He did for us – namely coming and dying for, and as, mankind and raising us up as a new creation.