Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5

My wife, Michelle, works at a local café.  She and the other servers say that the Sunday, after-church crowd are some of their least favorite to serve.  Why?  Their manner, message and method stink.  They can be demanding. They can treat their servers coldly or disrespectfully. They can lack polite manners. They can barely tip,Continue reading “Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5”

How do you smell? – Relationships: In the community, Part 1

How do you smell?  You can check.  Sniff your armpits, or maybe your breath.   Don’t be embarrassed.  When you go to work, school, or most anywhere, my guess is that most of you get ready in the morning by showering, putting on deodorant, perhaps cologne or perfume, and maybe brushing your teeth or having aContinue reading “How do you smell? – Relationships: In the community, Part 1”

Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview

Who are your neighbors?  Do you know their names?  Their story?  Their beliefs?  Evaluate your relationships with them.  Are you close?  Distant?  Would they say you care about them?  What about your co-workers?  Your friends?  Your classmates?  What does it mean to have godly relationships with the various people in your life?  Are we justContinue reading “Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview”

Your lawn matters to your community – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 4

A second way that The Great American Lawn is theologically instructive for Christians is related to community.  While a property owner does have individual say over the state of their lawn, they are also part of a community.  We Christians are right to see ourselves as part of a community.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, PaulContinue reading “Your lawn matters to your community – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 4”

I voted…now what? – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 1

Our country is divided.  It is not just division about who we are going to vote for.  Our division goes far deeper than that.  We are deeply divided about what we think is best for the country.  Interestingly, what I have noticed is that both of the major political parties believe they are promoting whatContinue reading “I voted…now what? – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 1”

God helps those who help themselves? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 3]

“If you are unemployed and need a job, and you pray for a job, don’t expect God to give you a job if all you do is collect unemployment while you sit on the couch all day watching Netflix and eating chips. Stop making excuses and get to the unemployment office!” What do you thinkContinue reading “God helps those who help themselves? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 3]”