James isn’t crazy in his talk of joy in trials. On the contrary, he’s a faithful pastor.
Pastors have the wonderful opportunity to model self-control in a world that prizes self-indulgence.
I wonder if we have this exactly backward. I wonder if the ethic of Christ is not “get a seat at the table with the influential,” but actually “leave the house altogether and share a table with the poor, the outcast, the marginalized.”
We give thanks to the God of heaven because his covenant faithfulness is immutable and endless.
What if we read the Old Testament the way Jesus read it? How would that change our Bible reading and our churches?
What is the most important “voice” in your life? Who do you listen to most intently? What words have the most influence over choices you make throughout the day?
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Is the church living in an Acts 5:29 moment?
Few things, by God’s grace, capture the mind and the heart like an oncology waiting room. And we need to be captured by God—pulled away from the numbing effects of the world.
I believe it is necessary to view our current revolutionary moment as fundamentally and inescapably a matter of religious faith. In short: Current revolutionary activity is a manifestation of a kind of religious faith, even if this faith is—on Christian terms—ultimately a form of unbelief.
Seldom have evangelicals recognized that this commitment to making the gospel accessible deforms and trivializes Christianity, making it no better than any other commodity exchanged on the market.