My world exploded when I realized that learning is not just about “information dump” or accumulation of content. Learning is an all of life sort of thing that involves the whole person. It has to do with formation; social, emotional, moral, and yes intellectual formation.
I learned a lesson from those farm experiences: It's possible to appear alive but really be dead.
All too often Christians have compartmentalized their faith sometimes to the extent of doing harm to the Christian worldview. Put simply, faith has become so "personal" that it is no longer truly Christian faith.
Amidst the crowds and all the attractions, I was reminded of something. All of the things that could be distractions tend to fall away when you're intently focused on one thing.
It got me to thinking. We all have a "breakdown limit." It's the point where we're overloaded, can't handle another thing, and are about to explode. It shouldn't surprise us. We were never created to handle it all on our own.
Instead of telling people life with Christ will be a "piece of cake." Let's tell them the truth. Life with Christ will involve tribulation and suffering. It likely won't get better and could very well seem to get worse. And Jesus is better still! Jesus is better than the best this world has to offer. He is worth "losing" to gain His life (Philippians 3:8).
I suspect most do not believe the resurrection because it is unbelievable in our materialistic culture. The resurrection has been relegated to the category of “spiritual,” and today, “spiritual” is by definition subjective. Yet according to the Scriptures, this is the one thing the resurrection cannot be. It cannot be subjective nor easily dismissed.
I've been sitting here with a blank space staring back at me for far too long. About a thousand thoughts go through my head and slightly fewer open tabs span across the top of my internet browser. It began with a simple click, returning to the issue of Bernie Sander's interaction with Russell Vought, President … Continue reading I Agree with Senator Van Hollen
May we never forget that our doing all we do for God's glory also means not doing a great many other things because they detract from the "all" we are called to do! To put it another way, may we know when to run.
In his book, That First Season, John Eisenberg tells the following story of Vince Lombardi: Obsessing over a new offensive wrinkle one day, he forgot to put on his pants after practice and left the locker room wearing just his underwear; a security guard told him to go back and finish dressing. It was his … Continue reading Learning the Lesson of Focus