Jesus taught us to love others extravagantly, like He did. After a recent retreat and funeral, I've come to realize I don't love others as fully as Christ taught us. In today’s podcast, I talk about my struggles, outline reasons why I believe our capacity to love is often limited, and what practical steps we can do to grow in our ability to love others as Christ taught.
When it comes to our sense of calling and “purpose” in this world, and how it's tied to our occupations, I believe we are asking a lot of the wrong questions. Today's podcast looks to distinguish between purpose and occupation, and seeks to ask better questions in discovering what God has called us to be in this world.
As Christians in America, we feel pretty cozy with the idea of wealth and prosperity. So much so that we've created a "prosperity gospel" in which we declare that Jesus not only wants us make us wealthy, but that He wants us to pursue wealth and all the material blessings of our society. In my latest podcast, I contrast this idea with a sermon that protestant reformer John Calvin once gave on the 8th commandment, in which he openly decries the pursuit of wealth, and how his sermon takes us back to a time in which serious minded Christians challenged the notion that Jesus encouraged us to become wealthy and to pursue wealth.
“Marriage is hard!” is the common creed of our culture. And this belief is reinforced through all the good marriages we’ve known to go bad. I believe differently. I believe marriage isn’t hard, I believe it’s actually “stupidly easy.”
We live in a world that encourages us to "dream big" and "shoot for the stars." Everyone from politicians to preachers to self-help gurus say we need to be bold visionaries who "change the world" by setting "harry audacious goals." Personally, I'm starting to find such talk rather boring and uninspired. And I worry that … Continue reading I Dare To Dream Small – Episode #1