I know a pastor who took his wife on a date to the movies. The movie was a thoughtful comedy with a PG-13 rating. After the movie, while standing in line for the restroom, the pastor reflected on the film. He realized his 12-year-old son would love the movie. He also realized the movie had … Continue reading First Love
Christians are people who believe Jesus. This simple identity goes beyond believing facts about Jesus. That he is the Son of God, that he died for the sins of humanity, that he conquered death. Believing Jesus means that when Jesus opens his mouth to teach us, we listen and obey. The most succinct way to … Continue reading The Missing Phrase
My friend Jeff is the director of a Louisville area non-profit called Clean Socks Hope. Clean Socks (as we refer to it) began with the simple idea of giving clean socks to homeless people. The organization has now adopted a 10 year plan to invest in New Albany’s Midtown neighborhood. Jeff has office space at the … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Us?
I am called to live a simple life. This is my most difficult value to live out. I could take the easy way out and blame our consumeristic culture for my personal failures at pursuing a truly simple life. But I know that the root of my greed and desire to accumulate more stuff comes … Continue reading Simplicity
I am to bear with the failings of the weak. Paul, the Apostle, writes, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” (Romans 15:1-2, ESV) People are weak. But … Continue reading Bearing With