I recently came across an acronym for the word “FEAR.” False Evidence Appearing Real. I don’t know who originally came up with it so I can’t give them credit. But I think it’s a helpful way to think about it. There are times when we let “false evidence” take over our thinking. These are untruths … Continue reading An acronym for FEAR
We moderns can sometimes shy away from the idea that there is such a thing as objective truth—at least in the realm of spirituality or ethics. Perhaps we hear people having heated discussions and think they just want to win arguments and look superior; so we throw up our hands since it all seems so … Continue reading Truth matters
Kyle Idleman was watching a documentary about a woman who was thirty-four years old. She developed a tumor that grew to twice her initial body weight. How big did it grow, you might ask? Three hundred pounds. That’s right. A three hundred pound tumor. As they prepared to remove it, people wondered why she waited … Continue reading When you turn a blind eye to reality
While rebuking his opponents in Matthew 12:36 (ESV) Jesus said: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…” Wow. Everyone will have to give an account. Who? Some people? No. Everyone. What will they have to give an account of? A few of the careless … Continue reading Careless words
Max Lucado took a group of 500 people to Israel. One day they held a Bible Study on the steps of the Temple Mount, a location where Jesus himself gathered with his disciples. For Lucado’s lesson he chose John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that … Continue reading Muting the demonic tongue
I remember a story about man and his horse. The horse’s job was to take people here or there in wagons, and even to pull logs through the forest after it had been cleared. But the horse’s owner was increasingly frustrated because it kept bumping into things. As a result, it was bordering on dangerous. … Continue reading Truth because he cares
In John 1:14 (and elsewhere) we learn that Jesus is God come to us in human form. In that same verse we also read: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Notice how Jesus is full of grace and … Continue reading Truth-less “grace,” or grace-less “truth”?
This week we’re spending some time with Jesus’ words in Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” It’s the principle of moral reciprocity. Living it out is a life-long effort. To fight against the tendency to oversimply this high ethical calling, we’re taking some time to think through a … Continue reading Honest, but not cutting
Looking for answers in all the (wrong) places The “Up!” Devo for September 8 If we look for answers in incorrect places, we’ll get answers that are incomplete. For example, sitting on my desk are three textbooks. One is for the Greek language, one is for philosophy, and one is for psychology. If I try … Continue reading Looking for answers in all the (wrong) places
Yesterday I said that wisdom is hearing Jesus’ words and putting them into practice. Sounds good, right? But it also sounds STABILIZING. Here’s why.