Have you ever felt inadequate or unworthy to be a useful worker in God’s kingdom? If you have, join the club. Many of us aren’t nearly as self confident as we would like to project. Truthfully, many of us regularly feel like we are not up to the job. I have been reading a book on missions called, Send Me, I’ll Go! I particularly liked one quote: “You may not be able to imagine yourself as a missionary, but that might just mean you have a sorry imagination” (loc 1179). I think we could say this about many things. Paul said we have a treasure in clay pots (2 Cor 4:7).… Continue reading
Christianity is a singing religion. Each week as we gather in corporate worship, a big part of our service is taken up by singing. I do not know of another place people go on a weekly basis and sing songs with other grown ups. It really is unique. Business meetings, college classes, and conference calls don’t typically begin with a song, much less a full music set. Yet, we find it completely normal, even expected, to have a series of songs at the worship service. Music has a powerful impact. In a congregational context, music is especially meaningful as it is a way for us to sing to one another, sing to God, and confess truth (Col.… Continue reading
Have you ever felt inadequate to be a useful worker in God’s kingdom? If you have, join the club. Thankfully, God has a long history of using normal and even unexpected people for his purposes. I have been reading a book on missions called, Send Me, I’ll Go! I particularly liked one quote: “You may not be able to imagine yourself as a missionary, but that might just mean you have a sorry imagination.” (loc 1179) I think we could say this about many things. Paul said we have a treasure in clay pots (2 Cor 4:7). The value is in the treasure, not the vessel.… Continue reading
There was once a little boy who prayed, “God, if you can’t make me a better boy, that’s OK, I’m having fun just the way I am.” I think there’s a little bit of that boy in all of us. We know that we should fight sin. We know we need to put it to death wherever we find it, but if we are honest, we have to admit there are some dark corners of our hearts that we prefer to keep dark.
Augustine made a similar confession in his days prior to his conversion: “Give me chastity, but not yet.” Christians don’t have the option to wink at sin and say, not yet.… Continue reading
Do you think you are an objective person? Most of us probably think we are. Who wants to admit they are biased or prejudiced? I think most of us fancy ourselves to be like lady justice to the left, impartial scales and a blindfold, able to lay aside all bias and render equitable judgments. But are we really impartial? I want to submit that we are more partial than we may realize. It’s not that we are trying to skew the facts, it’s simply part of our sin nature.
If you think you have no bias, tell me this, have you ever watched a sporting event with an avid fan of the other team?… Continue reading