For me, it never really goes away. It’s like that sleeping bag you used to have. When you got it, it was rolled so precisely and packed neatly in its bag. Once you took it out, it has never quite fit back in that bag.
I can say that ignorance is an insufficient excuse like a blanket too short, when I pull it over my head my feet are no longer covered and the pesky reminders of inhumanity creep in one way or the other.
We welcome people because they are made in the image of God and for relationship with Him. This is why Jesus welcomed sinners (both the irreligious kind and the religious kind) to invite them into the grandest welcome of all--the welcome into right relationship with God through Jesus!
Prodigal. The word conjures up images of a bedraggled runaway, eyes hardened in bitter rebellion. The lost one. Maybe bruised and beaten up by life, certainly by his own bad choices. Prodigal, as in the prodigal son. Yet a quick look at Merriam-Webster gives a different perspective. Webster defines prodigal as “characterized by profuse expenditure.” … Continue reading Reckless Extravagance
God tells the prophet Jeremiah, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jer. 29:13)." God doesn't say "you will find part of me."
We must practice the skill of reading and interacting with ideas wisely so that we may think on what is good, right, beautiful, and true.
Scripture notes that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of discernment (Proverbs 9:10). Ignoring this is the first step on the road to foolish. This means that as a parent I need to practice a growing reverence and submission to God. I need to teach it and create experiences that might facilitate it in my family.
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.