Our son, raised in an evangelical church, came out to us twelve years ago. We realized the fear and trepidation he must have experienced before and loved him even more. It broke our hearts knowing that he had to keep his SSA hidden from his parents and church acquaintances. We, and my wife especially, had to grieve and say goodbye to the idea of a son we thought we had and the dreams about having grandchildren from him, but we embraced the SAWE SON with the same love.
Thank you for this wonderful article. I wished every anti-LGBTQ Christian would follow your advice.
What Paul’s thorn in the flesh shows us is that our weaknesses, our failures, and our infirmities can have a redemptive purpose and are the very things that allow God to do his best work. After all, nobody learns anything when life is easy. Muscles are built by resistance. And the peopl…
Good article about Paul's thorn on the side. I hadn't thought about sexual orientation before but I agree it is possible, albeit likely a long short. I think it's deliberately obscure so that this principle is widely applicable to whatever we think hinders us in the flesh.
Christ in us works through whatever vessels his Spirit dwells. Often, the stronger the vessel, the more resistance it puts up to the indwelling Spirit. It's often true that God works through us more effectively through our weaknesses than strengths. Thanks for a well thought out and presented lesson.
And if God is on our side, then God is not on the side of the other guys. They are our enemies and, therefore, they are God’s enemies, and so it’s our God-given mandate to act on behalf of God to destroy them. That being the case, we can justify all of our military actions as the divine will of God — and we need never be held to account.
This likely characterized the Americanism perspective more than anything else. I read somewhere that the USA has yet to apologize for one war, although it's been in many since its founding. When God is indisputably on your side, than all your acts of aggression are miraculously justifiable and holy. …
Adam and Eve didn’t disobey by eating the fruit and gaining wisdom. They disobeyed by gaining wisdom before God guided them in doing so.
Interesting observation and interpretation. It's a fresh and legitimate perspective.
I agree:, one space, definitely. But I have another question for ya: farther or further? "Farther" refers to physical distance, as in: "Mom, how much farther to reach the next bathroom stop?". "Further" refers to concept, as in: "Mom, I can't hold my pee any further. How much farther to the next bathroom stop?"
Do you realize that no one has God figured out? He is too complex for our simple, tiny minds, yet He condescends to our level and allows us to know Him intimately and personally.
Thanks, Ron, for the reminder that none of us has cornered the truth about God. I think it was CS Lewis who said something like, "To some extent, every theologian is a heretic."
Max didn’t dwell on how the woman’s financial circumstances forced her into an abusive situation and left her no other options. He didn’t consider the mental and emotional toll of such a life or how her faithfulness helped her navigate that challenge, much less the role church might play in social justice.
You point out the problem with shallow theology. I just couldn't "bite into" Lucado's writings in the last few decades and couldn't articulate the reason. Your article explains my reticence.
Tolerance of injustice by withholding power, as Christ did with his accusers, is different from suffering abuse helplessly. This kind…
Good illustration of free will and will of God. Thanks for writing this parable. I agree that there are just three options: A robot incapable or independent thoughts, a slave in fearful servitude, or a free-will person capable of rebellion and obedience. We're learning daily to follow the loving Potter's voice, stumbling and fumbling and sometimes willfully so. But God is greater than all our mistakes and sins and God has shown us that through the resurrected Christ. Thanks again.
“Lord, please strengthen and protect the wise who are obedient to you and frustrate and confuse the foolish who are disobedient to you.”
I believe God answers prayers. And I believe we can all be united through this simple prayer, whichever side of the bickering and divisiveness that has engulfed…
God is surprisingly kinder and gentler than most theologians have been telling us
Why does this happen? Is God punishing me for something I’ve done? When something unpleasant or tragic happens to us, we often ask similar questions.
If you have this tendency, you’re not alone. …