An accepting ministry part 2

The difference between Jesus and the Pharisees is not in the fact that the Pharisees took sin seriously and Jesus didn’t. The difference between Jesus and the Pharisees is found rather in the way that they related to people they knew to have sinned – the way they treated sinners. I don’t want to take the time to get into exactly how the Pharisees treated ‘sinners. I want to make some unbelievably obvious comments about the way Jesus did. The first one being, he didn’t just avoid them. He could have you know, stayed up in heaven. When we read … Continue reading An accepting ministry part 2

An accepting ministry part 1

In Jesus’ day people had a caricature of what it meant to be holy. They thought it meant not ever hanging out with anyone who might be considered a sinner. In our day, people have a caricature of what it means to be accepting. They think it means never ever directly confronting sin. There are whole lot of people today who think that if we are going to avoid being like the Pharisees and if we are going to have an open, accepting ministry like Jesus we must by definition minimize the seriousness of sin. The thing is, whatever it … Continue reading An accepting ministry part 1

Lies…

In Ephesians 4:25 Paul says ‘put away falsehood.’ In other words, don’t lie. But what exactly does he mean by that? What does it mean to lie? Here are some examples I came up with: 1. I am speaking falsehood when I contradict the truth. I am talking about the times when someone is saying the opposite of the truth. 2. I am speaking falsehood when I distort the truth. I am talking about the times when what someone might say is technically true but they are using the truth in a deceitful way to either promote or protect themselves. … Continue reading Lies…

Truth!

It is all too rare a thing to find a man who consistently speaks the truth. I want to be one. Here are ten reasons why you should want to be a truth teller as well: 1. Speaking the truth is a characteristic of a godly man. 2. God pleads with us to speak the truth. 3. Truth is a means of protection for you. 4. Truth is one of the primary differences between the unbelieving worldview and the biblical one. 5. Nothing highlights the importance of truth more clearly than the fact that truth is one of God’s essential … Continue reading Truth!

Rambling…

It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the difference between being motivated by fear or wisdom. Fear can be a gift from God to stop us from doing things that are stupid, but fear can be so good at its job of stopping us that it sometimes keeps us from doing things we should. I remember someone arguing with me that I should rappel down a cliff. He said I just needed to overcome my fear. I told him I never want to stop being afraid of falling off a cliff. (Though I did end up rappelling down anyway … Continue reading Rambling…