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Purpose

Because I get confused easily in this fallen world with my fallen emotions, it helps me to repeat things I’ve said before. Apparently there was a time when only God existed. God always existed, so existence always existed.  God existed perfectly true to his nature, so he created. He produced and blessed.  He created all … Continue reading Purpose

The Secret to the Christian Life

We have not done the hard work of prioritizing our life and values. So our “pleasures” are out of whack, so we murder, at least in our hearts.

Principles are Better than Laws Part 14, Do Not Covet

Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” We are considering some of the most important biblical laws as principles by which to live. Once again, and … Continue reading Principles are Better than Laws Part 14, Do Not Covet

Principles are Better than Laws Pt 13 Don’t Bear False Witness or Lie at All

I was watching a short clip on YouTube by Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton Christiansen on religion and capitalism in America. He was recounting a conversation with a graduate student from China who had come to America to study capitalism. When Christiansen asked him what was the most surprising thing he’d learned from … Continue reading Principles are Better than Laws Pt 13 Don’t Bear False Witness or Lie at All

Principles are Better than Laws Part 11, No Adultery

God gave his people hundreds of laws and commandments in Scripture, and while as Christians we don’t observe as many as the Jews did under Mosaic law, we still have plenty. We’ve been discussing the major ones in this series, and today we’ll continue through the Ten Commandments with Exodus 20:14. “You shall not commit … Continue reading Principles are Better than Laws Part 11, No Adultery

Principles are Better Than Laws, Part 9 Honor Your Mother and Father

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” In these posts we’re exploring some of the key laws of God in the Bible and considering them, not only as commands of God, but also as principles for how … Continue reading Principles are Better Than Laws, Part 9 Honor Your Mother and Father

Abide

There is one word that sums up the Christian life.

The Is-Ought Dichotomy

…they walk in constant contradictions, anxious, confused, fearful, depressed, falling way short of the glory of God.  

Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s thinking about Christian community captivated me, and has never left me.

A Christian Approach to Relating to Others Part 4, The Outcome of the Truth is the Right Outcome

The Outcome of the Truth is the Right Outcome One main reason that people lie is that they are attempting to control outcomes.  But outcomes are never really in our control, and thinking they should be is a recipe for misery.  We don’t need to think about outcomes because God is already doing that. “The … Continue reading A Christian Approach to Relating to Others Part 4, The Outcome of the Truth is the Right Outcome

A Christian Approach to Relating to Others Part 2, Justice and Value

Yesterday I wrote about horizontal versus vertical relationships and Jesus’ call not to “exercise authority” over others in part one of a multi-part post about how Christians should relate to other people.  Today I want to talk about the concept of “Justice,” a word that I’m sure we misunderstand quite a bit.  Justice (Value for … Continue reading A Christian Approach to Relating to Others Part 2, Justice and Value

Principles vs. Vision

What is your vision?   What is your five year plan? Where do you see yourself in ten years? What do you want to be when you grow up? What are your goals and how do you plan to reach them? These are the questions that make the world go round. Everybody who is anybody knows … Continue reading Principles vs. Vision

Pride: Two Kinds

There are two kinds of pride. A good kind and a bad kind.   What is the difference?  Indeed, what is the difference?   The Good Kind God created man in his image.  He delegated him to rule the earth in his name, to subdue it. To make things of it. To steward it.  He gives him … Continue reading Pride: Two Kinds

I Am

God is I Am and so am I. So are you; an image bearer with an assignment to produce. Life is the standard. Existence exists, so accept that and get after it.  In the beginning, God created (Gen 1:1).   There was only one God in three persons, and then he created everything that exists.  … Continue reading I Am


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