Limits

July 20, 2010

President Barack Obama wants federal workers to cut down on business travel and commuting by car as he seeks to reduce heat-trapping emissions produced by the federal government.

How about limit or reduce the size and power of the Federal govt instead?

To Man or Not Man

July 20, 2010

Men who pull over and ask for directions may lose hombre points, but we all agree they waste less time driving around, right?

Marriage

July 18, 2010

“Marriage requires a radical commitment to love our spouses as they are, while longing for them to become what they are not yet. Every marriage moves either toward enhancing one another’s glory or toward degrading each other.”

The Art of Lying

July 15, 2010

Yesterday I preached on Acts 5:1-11, the story of Ananias and Sapphira. If you look closely, it’s a harrowing story, especially if you’re a liar.

Their sin was not so much greed as deceit that was motivated by the fear of man. They seem to have wanted something of the praise and admiration that Joseph received in the wake of his gift (Acts 4:36-37). And so they weren’t afraid to displease God (by lying), so long as their deception earned them the praise of man.

They wanted to appear holy more than they wanted to be holy.

(Man, let me tell you, it’s not pleasant preaching a sermon where the main point is: we shouldn’t stand up in front of people and make them think we are more holy than we really are. Seriously? I was very thankful that God was merciful and didn’t kill me halfway through)

But while I think all Christians need to be on the look-out for this kind of sin (shall we call it “bifurcation”?), three groups of people seem to be in particular danger:

Teenagers — If a teenager has grown up in a Christian home, they’ve had 13+ years to practice the art of faking it. You can learn the language and the code of conduct well enough that everyone will leave you alone and think you’re a great Christian kid. You’ll be free to sin in the darkness of your heart and mind without anyone exposing your hypocrisy.
Single people — not that single people are more sinful, but married people do have the blessing of a spouse who knows them very intimately and is harder to fool than most other people. A spouse can be a daily reminder that even if the rest of the world buys into your act, it’s still not true. Single people must work hard to be transparent and known well by others.
Pastors — let’s face it, our congregations want us to seem holy. We have a strong financial, professional, and personal incentive to seem holy. And so if you’re not, if there’s sin in your life, it’s often easier to fake holiness rather than do the work of repentance, dealing with consequences, and growing in Christ. This is why many pastors ship-wreck their ministries.
We need the gospel to make us holy and honest. One of my favorite Tim Keller quotes from the Journal of Biblical Counseling:

The gospel gives you psychological freedom to handle the wrong things that you will do. You won’t have to deny, spin, or repress the truth about yourself… Only with the support of hearing Jesus say, “You are capable of terrible things, but I am absolutely, unconditionally committed to you,” will you be able to be honest with yourself.

Refrigerator

July 14, 2010

What do you display on your refrigerator?

Oh Brother

July 13, 2010

Even Rev. Jesse Jackson received a rebuke of sorts from Stern.

Jackson responded to Gilbert’s remarks on Sunday by saying the Cavs owner sees James as a “runaway slave” and that Gilbert’s comments put the player in danger. “He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Jackson said in a release from his Chicago-based civil-rights group.

The Blame Game

July 6, 2010

If people blame Bush for the Gulf mess, can we blame Clinton for 9/11?

Who to Cherish?

July 3, 2010

“The Son of Man is to be cherished above all because he came to reconcile sinners to God through his atoning sacrifice, to deliver us out of bondage into eternal life with him, and to display his glorious reign through a people of his own possession.”