“The fear of living an insignificant life resonates with many of us, but in our exhibitionist culture we’ve been formed to believe that significance comes from being noticed.
This explains both our culture’s deification of celebrities and disregard for the unborn.
Celebrities are valued merely because they are seen by millions, while unborn babies are unvalued because they haven’t yet been seen by anyone.
Our culture has embraced the cliche that out of sight really is out of mind.”~ Skye Jethani
“In our society, the only value an object has is the value I give it. A commodity exists to satisfy my desire and supply my needs—nothing more.
Because consumerism has formed us to engage both goods and people this way, it should surprise no one that in our culture God also has no value apart from what He can do for me.”~ Skye Jethani
“Sadly, as our culture’s capacity to engage and maintain meaningful relationships has deteriorated, we have seen a rise in popularity-based rather than proximity-based authority.
And the same trend is evident within the church.
Just because someone has a large platform or ministry, or has sold millions of books, doesn’t mean we should automatically grant them authority over our life, faith, or congregation.
As many entertainers, politicians, and church leaders have proven, it is possible to build a large platform and yet lack the character or competency to faithfully wield it.”~ Skye Jethani
“If the Bible and history have taught us anything, it’s that God is notoriously uncooperative at our attempts at controlling Him.
We want to contain Him, institutionalize Him, and systematize Him so that we can ultimately understand, predict, and control Him. So, when the Lord does something unexpected, when He complicates our life or our world, it’s a reminder that control is an illusion. We never had it, and we never will.
That awareness is a gift.”~ Skye Jethani
“We live in a dark world. Our hearts long for goodness, beauty, justice, and peace, but they are often hidden behind the shadow cast by evil and sin. This is why preaching is so necessary. […]
“The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely — a third way of relating to God through grace. Because of this, we minister in a uniquely balanced way that avoids the errors […]
“Any leader who is unwilling to transfer power to others has a failed view of the incarnation.
Jesus Christ, who is fully God, voluntarily curtailed dimensions of his deity behind the veil of his humanity so that he might walk with and die for us.”~ Bryan Loritts
My thoughts on the “go back where you came from” tweets from President Trump.
“One of the things that Christians are disagreed about is the importance of their disagreements. When two Christians of different denominations start arguing, it is usually not long before one asks whether such-and-such a point […]
“Theology must first be about a conversation with God…God speaks and we listen. The Christian theological framework is primarily about listening—listening to God. One of the great dangers we face in doing theology is our […]
“It’s imperative that you spend time alone with God every day. This is not a ‘study time’ to write a message for others to hear. It’s not a daily task so that you can check […]
“I recognize that many of us, as Christians, are hesitant to treat God’s Word as though it were a suspect or eyewitness statement that needs to be picked apart forensically. It almost seems to disrespect […]
My oldest daughter Kori feels comfortable talking to me about everything…everything. It’s something that I unequivocally cherish. Lately, believe it or not, we’ve been discussing theology. Not in the traditional seminary sense, but rather in […]
That question has haunted me all week…