One of the Hardest Things about Discipleship

A world governed by power and the need for immediate dramatic results makes us feel ashamed to put our trust in small acts of love and kindness. As a result, our shame  often leads us to abandon this “inconsequential” way, and long to be part of some dramatic movement that will change things over night. Of course, no such dramatic way is given, and we simply end up tired and frustrated.


Making Strangers Friends

These Wednesday evenings are surely a glimpse of the kind of world God desires.  There in one room are people from the Sudan, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Palestine, El Salvador, Syria, and the United States enjoying one another and living in peace. There in one room are people from different religions enjoying one another and living in peace. There in one room are people with different colored skin enjoying one another and living in peace.


The Only Way?

Some of the fastest growing churches in the country have statements of faith that make it clear that believing in Jesus is the only way to avoid eternal punishment in Hell. The general tenor of these statements of faith leave little room for ambiguity. Although they may pay lip service to God’s unfathomable, mysterious nature, there is nothing ambiguous about their core convictions...I must say that I find such certainty—let alone the view that all non-believers are consigned to Hell—extraordinarily unhelpful.