Think About It Archive

Is grace too good?

June 21, 2018

Is grace too good? I’m not asking if grace is too good to be true. I believe it is true. At least what I can comprehend of it. The problems is, the more I meditate on grace and peel some of its layers, it seems to get bigger than it was when I began. I think…

Your opinion matters to us.

June 14, 2018

Your opinion matters to us. Really? How often do we hear that these days? Buy a product on-line and the next day they email you wanting your opinion or a review. Make a phone call about a product or service and before you get down to business you are asked (electronically, of course) if you would…

In me, I trust

June 7, 2018

In me, I trust. I know we would never say that during our daily devotionals, but how true is that as we life things out day to day?  It’s pretty obvious our country does not endear itself to the lofty motto on our currency, “In God We Trust,” but how do we do as individual Jesus followers? Are we to judge…

How do you get on God’s “good side?”

May 31, 2018

How do you get on God’s “good side?” We live in a world that rewards performance, and because we do, this performance orientation has the potential to shape our assumptions about God. When you ask people what they need to do to get on or stay on God’s “good side,” you get a list of behaviors, don’t you? Religious performance.…

Angry at God sometimes or confused by how He operates? 

May 22, 2018

Angry at God sometimes or confused by how He operates? Join the club. If it were easy to comprehend His every move, we’d be closer to being on par with Him. Even though many people find that an attractive goal, it causes me concern.  But sometimes we do run across some questionable responses by God and we…

I understand I have needs. Do you?

May 17, 2018

I understand I have needs. Do you? Having grown up as a red blooded, independent spirited “Merican,” there is a tendency over a lifetime to grit one’s teeth and try to accomplish everything yourself. After all, who wants to admit their shortcomings or weaknesses?  Over the years we even begin to see our abilities morph into what…

Have I Created a “Fake God?”

May 10, 2018

Have I created a “fake god?” In The Cure, (a recommended read), author John Lynch raises this question. Does this apply to you in some way? “We imagine Him staring at us with a thin smile and a measured nod. He has to love us, but He’s not sure He likes us. His arms are folded. He wears an…

My 4th grade teacher was an evangelist…

May 3, 2018

My 4th grade teacher was an evangelist . . . of sorts. At least I can affirm she had “beautiful feet.” Perhaps her example can be an example for all of us. I’ll explain what I mean down the road here. Times are different now and I get that. There are limitations as to where the word of God…

Why do Jesus followers wear more masks than other people?

April 26, 2018

Why do Jesus followers wear more masks than other people? Eventually, even the best of masks will fail to do what we intended for them and we will be revealed for who we truly are. Our masks work with people for a while, but just for a while. But they do nothing to conceal the truth…

Winning Through Intimidation

April 19, 2018

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer was a popular read in the 1970’s. I’m certain that wasn’t Jesus’ model for evangelism. I’m just as certain Jesus doesn’t want us to be intimidated from joining Him in the greater process of bringing people into relationship with Him. Sadly, I believe most Christians are fearful of even engaging in spiritual conversations.  Most…

“Co-exist.”

April 12, 2018

“Co-exist.” What does that mean and who really means it? We’ve all seen the clever bumper sticker that uses symbols to convey a message of “tolerance.” In the original, uncomplicated version, originator Piotr Mlodozenis uses commonplace symbols for Islam, Judaism and Christianity to nudge the notion that we can all get along, following the rhythm of “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” the 1974 hit…

Is it safe to tell a new believer about grace?

April 5, 2018

Is it safe to tell a new believer about grace? The word itself appears about 120 times in the New Testament so it must have some significance for us. The Judaizers in the Apostle Paul’s day hated grace and feared what it would do if it got loose. “Paul, you can’t tell them that! These people are…