Emotions as Warning Signs – Part I

Most Christians won’t be surprised to hear that our hearts are not inclined to easily and naturally trust in God. In recent years, I have been much more aware of the anti-faith protective posture of my heart which leads me away from trusting in God but instead relying on my own independent resources. When IContinue reading “Emotions as Warning Signs – Part I”

A life that welcomes sinners is a calling to an openness and comfort around sinners like a doctor has around sick people

When you get really sick, besides your mother, who comes to mind? … The Doctor! Doctors are identified with sick people and no one chooses a Doctor who is visibly uncomfortable around sick people. I was a pre-Med. major for about six months in college until I realized that the sight of blood made meContinue reading “A life that welcomes sinners is a calling to an openness and comfort around sinners like a doctor has around sick people”

A life that welcomes sinners will be criticized by the self-righteous establishment

Do you love a good controversy? Well, Jesus was the instigator of several controversies during his 3 years of ministry on the earth including the strong disagreement over the people with whom he chose to eat. The Religiously Serious leaders of the day (the people  who you may have expected to be closer to JesusContinue reading “A life that welcomes sinners will be criticized by the self-righteous establishment”

A life that welcomes sinners overflows into the desire to invite your non-religious friends to party with Jesus

Last night I asked a large group of friends to describe the best party they had ever attended. Eyes lit up as men told stories of great wedding receptions and even a yacht party on the open sea that lasted five days with all expenses paid. Well surprisingly, the best party Jesus ever attended onContinue reading “A life that welcomes sinners overflows into the desire to invite your non-religious friends to party with Jesus”

A life that welcomes sinners begins with an experience of Christ’s undeserved love & generosity

Often we encounter Jesus in the gospels walking around in “secular space” associating with people of questionable character. One day he went out and met a tax collector named Matthew or Levi (likely his original Hebrew name) sitting at the tax booth, a place infamously known for plundering and unjust transactions. Because Roman Tax CollectorsContinue reading “A life that welcomes sinners begins with an experience of Christ’s undeserved love & generosity”

Coming to Jesus with child-like qualities

William Hendrikson illustrates how a child thinks: A merchant had a pile of gold coins outside his windowsill with a sign, “Take One.” All day long people passed by thinking, “this guy can’t fool me.” Evening fell and the owner was about to remove the pile. But just before he did, a child came by,Continue reading “Coming to Jesus with child-like qualities”

When Jesus welcomed the little children into His presence, He was insisting on a paradigm shift in thinking related to the VIPs in the Kingdom of God.

One of the highlights of our year living in Uppsala, Sweden was being invited to participate in an event for the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. The Swedes rolled out the red carpet for the Ambassador and treated him like a V.I.P.  A red carpet has been traditionally used to mark the path taken by kings,Continue reading “When Jesus welcomed the little children into His presence, He was insisting on a paradigm shift in thinking related to the VIPs in the Kingdom of God.”

The Most Familiar Scene in the Gospels

It is perhaps the most familiar scene in the gospels; the scene when Jesus took the little children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Through his prayer and blessing His heart of love and compassion goes out to the little ones. Every child with equal importance and attention. To thoseContinue reading “The Most Familiar Scene in the Gospels”

The gospel should make us sing!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a veritable plethora of singing competitions on network television these days. I like to sing too; in the car, in the shower, mostly alone but sometimes to newborn babies and to sweet folks during their last remaining days on this side of heaven. I do singContinue reading “The gospel should make us sing!”

Game Shows or Soap Operas?

When I was a kid I remember being fascinated by TV Game Shows. Maybe it was because we weren’t wired for cable TV until I was 12 years old and thus had to settle for 5 channels and limited choices during hot summer days like “The Price is Right” or “The Young and the Restless.”Continue reading “Game Shows or Soap Operas?”