Building From Love instead of Fear

I often say that love is a greater motivator than fear and that people driven by fear won’t accomplish as much in the long run as those compelled by love.  But it doesn’t always appear that way from the outside. If we look around, a lot of stuff seems to be getting accomplished by anxious activity.  A major minister I listen to tells a story about how he worked really hard to get into green … Read More

Why Outrage Can’t Build the Kingdom

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 This is one of the most counter-cultural verses in the Bible. The Contemporary English Version says it this way:  “If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things God wants done.” This is stunning because we live in a time where the currency is outrage. We move from one appalling event to another, channeling our anger into an endless stream of … Read More

Stop Stressing About Your Stress

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”  Col 3:15 We quote this verse and it’s principles often.  It’s common Christian jargon to say things like, “I felt peace about that” or “I didn’t feel peace, so I didn’t do it.” We’ve pulled  a principle from this verse that says peace is supposed to help us make good decisions. … Read More

How to Overcome Sin

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  Romans 6:12 Christians know they aren’t supposed to sin.  This is drilled into to most of us pretty early on.  The trouble is, most of the communication sounds like, “Don’t do this, don’t do that, and whatever you do, make sure you don’t…” It’s fine to be taught moral principles. Paul said he wouldn’t have known what … Read More

The Chiefs, Protestors, and Free Will

Last Sunday Molly and I got to go to the Chiefs game at the last minute.  On the way in, there were a bunch of protestors on the side of the road. They had a strange mish-mash of signs about how God hated various people, that judgement was near, and that football was an idol.  I usually have to fight off anger at stuff like this because of how terribly it misrepresents God. However, as I … Read More