Some people think that if you believe in God, your life will always prosper in a very material way. You’ll always have success, abundance, a plump bank account, a clean bill of health, clear skies, and a lack of hardship. This thinking comes in a variety of forms, sometimes called the “prosperity gospel.” But it’s … Continue reading The dangers of the ‘prosperity gospel’
On Sunday I interviewed Will Han as a part of a new teaching series called Miracles. He’s a serial church planter, pastor, and Executive VP of Lausanne Movement Canada. He’s also a good friend of mine! By nature, Will is a skeptic. But on mission trips to bring the message of Christ to remote parts … Continue reading Modern miracles
Yesterday we talked about the fact that, as a follower of Jesus, when you’re guaranteed important eternal things you worry less about unimportant temporary things. Compared to the gift of eternity and a relationship with Almighty God, how big your house is, how many gadgets you have, and how popular you are, start to look … Continue reading Our job. (And it isn’t measuring up to others)
Does God even exist? I personally think that’s the one question that changes everything. Are we here on purpose, or by chance? Is there something after death, or not? Is there right and wrong, or is it all relative? Do truth, beauty and love have meaning? And do they make a difference? I think all … Continue reading Crying out for a divine explanation
Serving and helping others is good, right? But it can be difficult. So here's a bit of motivation inspired by Albert Schweitzer that appeals to the smiley-face part of you. 🙂
A shift in perspective can solve a gridlocked problem. A shift in perspective can lift the soul. A shift in perspective can reveal an answer hidden for years. Yup, a shift in perspective can change things. So today I’d like to offer you a shift in perspective that I think honours God and leads you … Continue reading What can SOMEONE ELSE get out of this?
Luke 9:26 "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory..." Today's Thought It's Easter weekend. That makes me feel more connected to other Christians around the world. And many of them, especially in faraway places, are facing hardship. Last Sunday, … Continue reading It’s time to go to bat for him
Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (ESV) Today's Thought Imagine a child trying to put together a barbecue from scratch. All seven hundred and thirty-nine pieces laying out on the back lawn... and a 4-year old scratching their head. That’s actually how … Continue reading These grow up into oak trees
1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up" (ESV) Today's Thought This week I’m suggesting practical things we can do to love one another. On Tuesday I talked about the importance of taking your own sin seriously. (You can review it here.) On Wednesday I talked about listening before talking. (And … Continue reading The Whisper Test
1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us." (ESV) Today's Thought I have no research to back this up, but I think that “Jesus loves me” was once a startling and surprising lyric. Could he reign? Yes! Could he judge? Absolutely! But LOVE little old me? Well, doesn’t he have better things to do … Continue reading Of course he does, I’m marvelous!