The implications of this are far-reaching. Many who are prominent in Christianity may not rank at all in Christ's estimate. Many who are never promoted in churches and Christian institutions may be Christ's champions. What then? All Christ's disciples occupy a place of absolute approval. Theirs is an exalted commission. But this is not because they commended themselves to high service. It is because their Master did. When all God's people discover their life and their serv
An amazing statement! Think about it. The Cold War saw our participation in an arms race that we nick-named MAD--Mutually Assured Destruction. We thought to defend ourselves with weapons that would leave nothing to defend. Now, we must fight a war against violence and terror. What are our weapons? Let us admit that they are not much different to those of our enemies. Prejudice, racial vilification and cultural imperialism lurk and simmer among us. How shall we fight these ev
Regrettably, there is a confession of the gospel of Christ which is unaccompanied by service. It is often 'full of sound and fury.' Plenty of words are spoken; much fervent activity takes place, but it 'signifies nothing' because no one is served by it. The service of love for all mankind verifies the gospel, and brings forth praise to God.
In view of God's action in Christ, no one should live for themselves. Because Christ died for all, men and women can regard one another from an 'other-worldly' perspective. The moral impetus of Calvary is revolutionary.
Everyone has a world view. Everyone orders their life in the basis of one or two central assumptions. Even those who claim not to have a world view at all, thereby disclose their world view--chance and meaninglessness. In a winner-take-all contest for the survival of the fittest, altruism and compassion are out of place. If the final truth in the universe is the love seen in Christ, a public conscience with sacrificial endeavor is the only game in town.
The spectacular success of the scientific method has convinced many that the scientific enquiry is the most reliable--if not, the only--way to know what is real; that there is no reality apart from that which can be encountered through scientific rationalism. But what if there is another way of knowing? What if there is spiritual reality accessible only by faith? Ironically, those who are sure that there is 'only matter' cannot use science to demonstrate it. They have to r
There is absolutely no point in trying to convince a person who is in pain or trouble of some kind, that his ordeal is light, or that it is only temporary. When I am suffering, I don't want to hear a rationale for my ordeal; I want human kindness, presence and empathy. Ultimately, the only succor in affliction comes from confidence in an ultimate devotion; a love that will not let me go.
The man who wrote those words endured no end of hardship, disappointment, trouble and pain--especially after he became a Christian. Is he an idiot? Or does he know something every man and woman on the planet ought to know? The latter. Paul is no madman. He has met Jesus. If God is like him, trouble can be viewed through a prism of a love which will outlast it.
This is not a maxim which should be used say, by an investor in the stock market, as an insurance to guarantee profits. It is not a promise of short term material gratification. It is a proverb telling a truth about God's universe. This is a universe tilted in the direction of giving, sharing, and generous good will. In the eternal purview of God, there is no accommodation for Scrooge and his ilk.
Two obscenities plague society. They are equally heinous. Each is pathologically related to the other. Where they are, evil breeds. Where one exists, the other is not far to seek. Together they represent a large proportion of the moral challenges facing humankind. No Christian can be content with either of them.