I wrote this post as I walked in circles and pushed a stroller in front of Ulta. I know that’s, perhaps, the strangest introductory sentence I’ve ever written, but it’s actually quite appropriate considering all that’s transpired over the last few weeks. Natalie had made an appointment to get her hair colored, so I took control of Lydia to make sure she didn’t exercise her lungs too much.
This world makes much of “love.” It’s the centerpiece of countless movies, books, paintings, and songs. Love is everywhere. We’re so inundated and bombarded with the notion of love — of falling in love and being in love — that it seems impossible for us to escape the idea that love is all you need. But is that true?
There’s something ominous about the idea of change. Even though the change taking place might be good, very good even, the uncertainty of the future is always a little daunting. Any transition or life-change has a way of upsetting your comfortableness with the way things are to prepare you for something new. And this newness is the source of both fear and hope. Fear of the unknown and hope in the One who’s already there.
It is always surprising and even a little shocking to see just how opposite to our ways and our will God works. Our normal reactions, plans, and intentions are often thwarted by the upside-downness of God’s economy, and this is many times seen in visceral ways throughout the Bible. Such is the case in Acts 6-7.
Jesus’s “Great Commission” to His disciples is, perhaps, one of the more celebrated texts of Scripture out there. Found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Acts 1, these verses serve as the mission statement for modern believers.
One of the oddities and ironies of modern cinema is its bleak outlook on the future of mankind. If you were to watch the majority of films that depict our world in the years to come, the hope would be scarce, and the metal would be in abundance.
One of my favorite quotes regarding the gospel is from the book One Way Love, in which you’ll find the following statement: “The Gospel alone liberates us to live a life of scandalous generosity, unrestrained sacrifice, uncommon valor, and unbounded courage.”
Hello, and welcome to another edition of Links I Like, a weekly collection of links and stories that impacted me in some way during the past week. Plus one of my favorite songs of all time! Let’s get to it!
If you are as ardent a fan of The Office as me, you’ll no doubt agree that the show took a serious downturn once acclaimed actor Steve Carrell said his goodbye after Season 7.
It’s not a new or novel idea, but I believe the best picture of God’s relationship with sinners is nowhere more accurately displayed than in Luke 15 and the parable of the Prodigal Son.