Giving Up Good Intentions

Faith happens in the disappointment of failure.

"This tendency is exemplified by the way many Gen Yers respond to various social causes. They rallied to share the Kony video with their friends. Many posted pictures of themselves in hoodies to support Trayvon Martin. They texted donations to tsunami relief organizations. There is an intense excitement to do good, to help, to support. Yet after the dopamine hit is felt, it’s on to the next. Without giving any significant amount of time or energy, a generation comfortable with abstraction has confused real commitment with symbolic gestures."

Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
Misquoted Verses (Philippians 4:13)

Misquoted Verses (Philippians 4:13)

This post is part of a series looking at misquoted verses of the Bible. Click here to see others.

As we’ve seen in other passages I’ve looked at in this series, many of the misquoted verses we know are the result of bumper stickers or t-shirts designed to inspire and encourage Christians. There’s nothing wrong with that desire. However, many of the verses or expressions that are used in these examples are more catchy than they are Biblical. Today’s verse is a great example.

Consider the way most translations handle Philippians 4:13:

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” NASB95

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The Christian’s Need for Karma

The Christian’s Need for Karma

I was recently asked to write monthly for a couple of Arizona newspapers. For those of you locally who don’t get one of these papers, or those of you who live outside of Arizona, I will try and provide a link back to them each month. My first article was about Christians and Karma in which I explain how our need for forgiveness runs deeper than our need for fairness.

Click here to read the article in the online version of the East Valley Tribune.

Click here to read the article in the online version of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

Interview with Justin Narducci

Interview with Justin Narducci

Justin Narducci

Justin Narducci has been a longtime friend of mine. We have traveled through many different seasons of life together. Justin has a unique insight into the Kingdom of God and I love being challenged by his perspective and dedication. Justin started at Boeing and later worked for Life in Abundance where he saw how he can encourage the American church into action for the world. He now serves as the CEO of Lifewater, an organization designed to “provide water, health, and hope.”

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Why Are Christians So Mean?

"Why are Christians so mean? Well, there actually is an answer to that question. And we must face this answer and effectively deal with it or Satan will sustain his stranglehold on spiritual transformation in local congregations. Christians are routinely taught by example and word that it is more important to be right (always in terms of their beloved vessel, or tradition) than it is to be Christlike. In fact, being right licenses you to be mean, and, indeed, requires you to be mean--righteously mean, of course. You must be hard on people who are wrong, and especially if they are in positions of Christian leadership. They deserve nothing better. This is a part of what I have elsewhere called the practice of 'condemnation engineering.'"

Dallas Willard