Should we “fill our body with affliction”? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 2

In the previous post Paul reminded us that we can learn to rejoice in the Lord, even amid difficult circumstances.  But as we continue to trace his teaching in Colossians 1:24-2:5, Paul writes something that seems bizarre to me. In fact, it seems wrong. Paul writes that he fills up in his body what isContinue reading “Should we “fill our body with affliction”? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 2″

Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 1

It’s Current Events week on the blog.  For the past year, one week per quarter I pause whatever blog series we’re in, and I scan the news on Monday morning to see what headline I’ll write about that week.  My goal is that we learn how to engage what is happening in our world.  WeContinue reading “Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 1”

When you start to change and your friends don’t like it

Have you ever gone through a life change, and that change affected your friendships? You know who your real friends are when you start changing. Perhaps you believe new things, or maybe you have shed a long-held belief, and your friends are pushing back.  It could be that you have stopped doing something that youContinue reading “When you start to change and your friends don’t like it”

Was God being manipulative when he said, “If you obey me, you will live”?

Is God being manipulative when he says, “If you obey me, you will live”? Is he being threatening?  Why in the world would God say that?  If you remove the Christian filter from your mind, you can read God as sounding an awful lot like an abusive boyfriend. As we continue our study through Deuteronomy,Continue reading “Was God being manipulative when he said, “If you obey me, you will live”?”

How to love and be loved when you are facing hardship

  Are you going through a hard time?  How are you handling it? Some of you have seen The Passion of the Christ which vividly portrays the Roman flogging of Jesus just before they crucified him.  I remember watching that when it first came out in the theater, my stomach churning, tears flowing.  It isContinue reading “How to love and be loved when you are facing hardship”