Quit separating faith and works

“The basic problem is: What is right living? And life is indivisible. The inner sphere is never isolated from outward activities. Deed and thought are bound into one. All a person thinks and feels enters everything he does, and all he does is involved in everything he thinks and feels.” — Thunder in the Soul:Continue reading “Quit separating faith and works”

The desire for the old wine

Luke 5:36–39 (NIV) 36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wineContinue reading “The desire for the old wine”

In an age of despair… don’t

“We live in an age of despair, and those who despair would seem justified, considering the compounding crises we face, whether they be economic, viral, political, or environmental. Yet despair, my father used to remind me, is forbidden; to despair is to deny that God is present, with us, caring for us, and that thereContinue reading “In an age of despair… don’t”

The prophetic words of Abraham Herschel

“Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a voice to the plundered poor, to the profaned riches of the world.” Anywhere injustice takes place, Heschel said, “few are guilty, but all are responsible.” We are all responsible for evil because only a world indifferent to suffering will tolerate injustice andContinue reading “The prophetic words of Abraham Herschel”

We keep striving for greatness and power while Jesus constantly calls us to service

I am not a fan of the phrase “servant leaders.” I think it’s a cop out phrase in large part. Just serve. If people notice and follow in that path, then you’ve led in some way. Just not the way that people who throw out the phrase “servant leader” meant to say “lead.”

The abuse in sports… and I can’t stop watching

I understand my own dilemmas and there is nothing a bigger issue of hypocrisy in my life than sports. I grew up loving sports, especially baseball. I always cheered on our local teams in professional sports and my guilty pleasure in college ball has been the Kansas Jayhawks basketball program. And then I get intoContinue reading “The abuse in sports… and I can’t stop watching”