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.
[note color="#c1fbf9"]This is a guest post, written by my wife Lynn Edwards. Even after 28 years of marriage, I am still amazed at the depth of her wisdom and insight. This post by Lynn is quite profound, and I am delighted she agreed to let me share it with you.[/note]
I watched a TV show this weekend and one of the characters reminded me of you. Well, the big “universal you”. Me… and you… us. All of us.
For the record, this was not a “Christian” show.
This character was at a drastic turning point in his life. He was a despicable person; had done really bad things. But…