Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.—James 2:19

Years ago, I worked for the popular pastor of a large church. People were draw by his charismatic personality. He shared so many personal anecdotes in his messages that people felt they knew him. This made for some borderline creepy scenarios, both in person and via email. 

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Anti-Social Media

Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways. – Psalm 119:37

I was the final holdout in our family to get a smartphone. “I won’t be one of those people with a phone in front of my face all the time!” I insisted.

But then work demands required I maintain constant contact with clients, and I (more…)

Imitating Jesus’ Silence

When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. – 1 Peter 2:23

If you’ve been alive long enough to know how to read, you’ve suffered crushing criticism. Perhaps you’ve responded in kind, and likely you’ve responded in your own defense, particularly if the attack (more…)

The Battle for the Souls of Our Youth

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12

There is a battle for the souls of our youth. It is a battle being fought – and lost – in our families and churches. (more…)

Passive-Aggressive Behavior and the Emoji

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head – Christ.  – Ephesians 4:15

It used to be people would express themselves in print using traditional means – old-fashioned standbys such as diction, syntax and punctuation. You could say, “You really should have made a better choice,” and few people would misunderstand the (more…)