Why Pandering After Relevance is Wrong for the Church

Has the church's search for relevance in the modern era, subjected it to assimilation by the very culture it seeks relevance in? Something Shiny Caught My Eye A story is recounted in Christianity Today, where a young pastor asked the late Eugene Peterson, what he could do to make his preaching more relevant (this during … Continue reading Why Pandering After Relevance is Wrong for the Church

Seeing God in the Looking Glass

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully … Continue reading Seeing God in the Looking Glass

A Display of Community

Community can mean different things to different people.  Do you live in a metaphorical  gated community, where those who don't think like you or look like you are locked out? Or is your faith vision broader - one that allows you to  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)? … Continue reading A Display of Community

The Spiritual Principle of Compound Interest

We often tend to think about compound interest in the context of money and savings accounts, but as C.S. Lewis points out in "Mere Christianity", there is also a spiritual context for this principle. "The difference between a Christian and a worldly man is not that the worldly man has only affections or ‘likings’ and … Continue reading The Spiritual Principle of Compound Interest

A Happy Death

“That’s the whole spiritual life. It’s learning how to die. And as you learn how to die, you start losing all your illusions, and you start being capable now of true intimacy and love.” - Eugene Peterson Happy isn't an adjective that is typically used to describe death, instead, death is often thought about in … Continue reading A Happy Death