We embrace cultures not (only) because we need to honor those who look different from us, not (only) to enlarge our own perspectives of this world, but to make ourselves better versions of who God has called us to be.
If we are to “become humble like this child,” then perhaps we should ask questions and doubt, but we should do so lovingly.
Isaiah’s vision of a new, ever-expanding family of God is not a prediction but a narration –he is describing what is already underway as the message of salvation spreads wider and wider.
What matters is not necessarily the hesitation, but our willingness to take the next step—to move further into following Jesus, to move further into what is perhaps a broken relationship, a broken faith, a broken heart, a broken identity.
Daily Scripture Texts Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 We live in a dog-eat-dog world. Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest” is the law of the land. The best team wins. The smartest and prettiest succeed. The strong prey on the weak. These are the kingdom values of this world. And in our most honest moments, we confess that we …
We live in an interesting age. Most of the time now, it feels like the church is being, at best, marginalized, or perhaps – more often – trampled underfoot. Many scriptural truths are scorned by society at large, with that scorn perhaps teetering on the brink of tipping toward outright persecution.
As the Presidential election is in the spotlight across the United States, we find ourselves in more and more discussions about the candidates we like and the issues that are important to us. As a student in Iowa just days before the caucuses, exposure to presidential campaigns seems impossible to avoid.
Does politics have anything to do with faith? Why should a Christian vote? How voting put in the proper perspective, and done with good intent, can be a God-glorifying, community-serving activity.