Joel Osteen, improbably youthful looking minister of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, is apparently completely unaware of the concept of sin. This is amazing, as he lives in a major metropolitan center where presumably the raw side of life should be apparent, the suffering and victimization that comes from, well, the less than stellar actions taken by people. Victims of abuse, alcoholism and abandonment are evident everywhere. It makes one wonder: Does the “Smiling Evangelist” care about all those who suffer?
It’s not hard to see why his materialistic version of Christianity is popular. Apparently Jesus came to the earth, not so much to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), but to make us prosperous, have a nice house and wear cool clothes. Continue reading “It pays to be a Christian”
“Follow me.” Instead of followers choosing the rabbi that most caught their interest, the Master Teacher chose his disciples. Christians are not volunteers, nor do they serve how and when they think best. The calling of Jesus Christ requires immediate response and complete abandonment of the former life in order to take up the Savior’s work. While one may remain in one’s station of life, one reorders all priorities and loyalties in order to live with God. Matthew 4.18-22, 1 Corinthians 7, 1 Thessalonians 5.10. Continue reading “Reordering all priorities and loyalties”
Luke did nothing original, one might say. But God made it special. Continue reading Shall we begin again?
Cats are examples of what not to do as Christians Continue reading Herding cats
Courage to overcome our fears is indispensable… Continue reading At a distance
Service is easier when we are devoted to God Continue reading Wrong place for Rhubarb
The passage that every person needs to read before baptism. Continue reading What will there be for us?
We must be willing to step out on faith… Continue reading Unexpected
There should be a cross in the water of baptism. Continue reading Crucified with Christ
There are two crosses in our conversion, the wooden one and the other one. Continue reading The forgotten cross