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Is Your Accelerator Stuck?
In this story today from CNN, we see video of a woman who is trapped in a vehicle that is malfunctioning so that it keeps accelerating and cannot stop. It’s hard to imagine the panic this woman must have felt. It kind of reminded us of our culture that seems to have its foot stuck on the accelerator, always speeding faster and faster. What a relief it is to both pull up from the out-of-control acceleration and hit the brake. Jesus told us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) What would it mean for you to take this invitation seriously today?
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You’re Not a Pacifist Are You?
Jayel Aheram via Compfight Brian Zahnd wrote a great piece the other day on this topic. He contends that when he is asked this question, it often has the same flavor of the question, “You’re not a pornographer are you?” Why is this question so contentious among believers? Brian has some interesting ideas about it.…
Listening to Music, and Some New Developments
Over the last four months, I’ve spent one to two hours a day listening to music. I’ve obviously had to cut back on my writing/reading, but I feel like I’m supposed to do this, at least for this season of my life. It’s not just that I enjoy the music, though I obviously do. But…
We must always be aware of the fact that there is a constant lure toward idolatry in our demonically-oppressed world. It is profoundly easy to be getting all one’s LIFE from Christ and to be completely free of idols one day, but begin to be gripped by idol cravings the next. It’s also profoundly easy…
Sermon Clip: Spiritual Bodybuilding
In this sermon clip, Greg Boyd introduces the idea of charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, or those gifts often referred to as the supernatural gifts. In the full sermon he discusses each gift individually, and explains two pieces of information needed to understand the gifts. He discusses listening to the Spirit and using the…
Sermon Clip: Tough To Love
Learning how to love the people in our life that we find challenging to deal with is often very difficult. This week in Heart Smart Greg Boyd looks at some biblical examples and instructions on how to love our enemies in the same way we love our friends. Full Sermon Here: http://whchurch.org/sermons-media/sermon/tough-to-love
I have forgiven, but how do I trust again?
READER: A while back, a friend of mine seriously hurt and betrayed me. After three years of not seeing one another (her choice), she humbly repented, told me she was sorry, and asked for my forgiveness. I have forgiven her and we are starting to be friends again. But now what? How do I open my heart to her again? How do I start “testing the waters” to see if I can trust again?