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The Practical Wisdom in Overlooking Some Sins

There are times when you interact with individuals who do not share or understand Christlikeness to its fullest depths. When they sin, do you rebuke them on the spot, or do you overlook it because you have a redemptive objective in view? There may be… Continue Reading …

Cigarettes, Jesus, and My Self-Righteous Soul

This story is one of the lowlights of my Christian life as I tried to impose my self-righteous standards on a cigarette smoking man who did not know Jesus. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If… Continue Reading …

I Had Breakfast With a Prostitute

Sometimes the Lord creates situations that appear more ominous than hopeful. After you reflect back on those moments, you see the miraculous hand of God. That’s what happened when I had breakfast with a prostitute. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

Case Study: No Thanks For Thanksgiving

Case Study_ No Thanks for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving is Biff’s first without his wife and children. Mable left him this past spring, the culmination of a mediocre marriage that muddled along for seventeen years. Biff has three teenage sons, all of whom live with their mom, all of whom blame him… Continue Reading …

Watching Tiger – Watching Me

(I first ran this article on November 30, 2009. On May 29, 2017, Tiger was arrested for suspicion of DUI.) Most people are aware of the ongoing and unfolding drama in the Tiger Woods home in Orlando, FL (November 27, 2009). If you have not, you… Continue Reading …

Parenting, Day 17 – The Wisdom of Introducing Your Children to the World

Parenting, Day 17 - The Wisdom of Introducing Your Children to the World

The little people in your home will only be in your home for a nano-second. They will possibly spend ninety percent of their lives outside of your parental jurisdiction. Equipping them to live well in the world that will make up nearly all of their… Continue Reading …

It’s Resurrection Sunday. Again. Still Alive

Christianity was a powerful religion that swept through the country of Israel during the time of Christ. Jesus was a force to be reckoned with, and though His opponents tried to extinguish Him, their best plans were crushed (Proverbs 16:9). Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

Are You Intimidated About Sharing Your Faith?

Have you ever been intimidated at the thought of defending your Christian faith to others? Do you think that because you don’t know every answer to every question someone might say you are not qualified to speak up for Christ? Would it bless you if… Continue Reading …

神看顧輸家

神看顧輸家 上週,美國大學美式足球隊的全國總冠軍賽裡,克萊姆森大學贏了阿拉巴馬大學。克萊姆森大學代表隊中的一位明星球員便稱是上帝旨意他們將敵手擊敗。真的是這樣嗎?神希望阿拉巴馬輸球嗎? From the article Did God want Clemson to beat Alabama? Translated into Mandarin Chinese 有可能知道神在為哪隊當啦啦隊嗎? 除非你是超級加爾文主義者,不然在這樣的事情上,要下結論說,神旨意哪一隊伍得到祂的愛戴實在是很不可信的。 這位球員的論點很主觀,而且他想法背後的神學是敗壞的。這樣帶著高漲情緒做的宣言,反倒讓這未得救的世代奚落神的名聲。若這不信的世代要跌倒,讓十字架成為他們唯一的絆腳石吧,而不是美式足球。 這種主觀信心也傷害那些屬於「阿拉巴馬陣營」的人。近期,我跟一位深受疾病痛苦的朋友在談話。她的生命可用以下來總結: 臥床、只能在家、永遠飽受疼痛。 她承受的痛苦和不能緩解的苦難是大多人無法理解的。我就真的無法了解。,她多數的生命時光屬於「阿拉巴馬陣營」,看著其他「勝者」享受健康、財富和快樂的生活。 她的爭戰比我的難多了。每天,她都得不斷告訴自己: 神是愛,祂愛她。這個爭戰是相當激烈的。這樣愚昧的主觀神學 – 神偏好哪一支球隊 – 也會引誘她內心再度地掙扎。 神也愛輸家 當任何一位運動員提及神要他們的隊伍勝利時,我自然而然就會想到輸的一方。 親愛的上帝, 我知道祢愛我,也愛他們。感謝祢給予我們這比賽的機會,我也因為另一支球隊的勝利而歡喜。我知道只有一隊能獲勝,而我們這次輸球了沒關係。雖然難過,但我接受,我也會為他們贏球高興。 成熟的美式足球輸家 我不認為阿拉巴馬隊中有人這樣祈禱;要你這樣為一件重大的事情禱告,做起來是何等困難。我們可以來審視自己: 當你是輸的那一方時,會做什麼反應? 以下有幾個假設: 你的婚姻很慘,且你天天在跟絕望搏鬥。但是,因為你能定睛在神的愛上,你可以為他人結婚感到歡喜,也為這對新婚夫婦祈禱,祝福他們能有美好的未來。 你的財務狀況很糟。你試著要往前踏一步,卻常常倒退兩步。你知道神愛你,這也使你能在聽到牧師分享其它弟兄姊妹得到主在財務上的祝福而感到歡喜。 你剛剛收到最害怕的消息: 你有癌症,無法動手術。但因為神的愛使你就算聽到他人的癌症奇蹟似的消失了,也得著平安。 或許,你從未懷疑過神對你的愛,就算是在無法理解的困苦中,任何救贖的法子都沒有。若是這樣,那你真是稀有。 耶穌因為祂的死刑而掙扎過。約伯和很多其他聖經人物也無法完全理解神的愛和世間邪惡的事實,尤其當災難臨到自己門前時。 當你發現自己似乎一直待在阿拉巴馬陣營裡,懷疑神到底愛不愛你,以下有六件事我希望你可以考慮: 別只把勝利跟神對你的愛連結。「神只愛贏家/得勝者」的信念是在拒絕福音。神愛輸家,非得勝者。耶穌為生病的、破碎的、心灰意冷的人而來。 別把你最渴望得到的生活跟神的愛畫上等號。別因為沒有得到最想要的生活就代表神不愛你。成功神學教導神的愛等同於物質豐饒的結果。那不是真正的福音。… Continue Reading …

Silo Christians Do Not Enter the Culture – They Critique It

Silo Christianity is when believers draw lines that separate themselves from those in the culture who need the gospel. Their primary methods of talking to those on the other side of the fence are criticism and condemnation. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on… Continue Reading …