Christian Living

A Healthy Tension

A Healthy Tension

It is interesting to note that Solomon, the wisest man in all the earth, is credited with penning two Old Testament books that seem to look at life from completely different perspectives. The seemingly opposed perspectives share a foundational confidence in the goodness and power of a God.  Both state in the strongest terms that there is no real life apart from surrender and devotion to him. But the difference in perspective is none the less striking.

When It Won't Add Up

When It Won't Add Up

One of the most striking characteristics of the conversations and sayings of Jesus is the amount of explanation that he chooses NOT to provide. He is often referred to as a master teacher based on the frequency with which he used stories about common things in this world to illustrate and make clear deeper spiritual truth.  But sometimes he seems to intentionally obscure his meaning.  The interpretations of many parables are anything but clear, and have been the basis for differing opinions among Bible scholars for centuries. 

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: What If That's A Good Thing?

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: What If That's A Good Thing?

It seems to me that if I could have my way, I would like my life to be trouble free.  I welcome challenges, like learning a new skill, or thinking through a different way of understanding something.  But I really don’t want any real problems.  Uncertain situations or circumstances that involve the possibility of real pain, significant loss, genuine confusion, actual hopelessness, discouragement, fear, sadness.  I work pretty hard to avoid as many of these things as possible.  And I work inside to keep myself convinced that I am never in any real danger from any real thing. Like I said, I prefer a trouble free existence.  

When It Won't Add Up

When It Won't Add Up

One of the most striking characteristics of the conversations and sayings of Jesus is the amount of explanation that he chooses NOT to provide. He is often referred to as a master teacher based on the frequency with which he used stories about common things in this world to illustrate and make clear deeper spiritual truth.  But sometimes he seems to intentionally obscure his meaning.  The interpretations of many parables are anything but clear, and have been the basis for differing opinions among Bible scholars for centuries.