Change your mind…change you!

Change your mind…change you!

Is your mind the same thing as your brain? Well, your brain is an organ; your mind isn’t. Which sounds crazy, but there you have it. To which neuroscientists reply, why are you relying on such a distinction? What else is behavior but the result of brain biology? Yet the fact that criminals are treated … Read more

Relationship or religion?

Following Christ should be deleted from the list of world religions, because it’s not a religion. Following Jesus cannot be defined by the practice of sacraments. Anyone can practice them. Anyone can confess sins. Anyone can eat bread and drink wine or grape juice, listen to a sermon, fast, pray and study a Bible. And … Read more

Christian or Christ-follower?

I avoid the word “Christian” when talking about the church, because the word has become meaningless. According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of American adults describe themselves as Christian.[1] But all that means is that 167 million people, not counting children and teens, may or may not attend a weekly church meeting, may … Read more

Some thoughts about prayer

I’ve said before that prayer does not make you a Christ-follower. But, if you are a Christ-follower, prayer makes you an increasingly better one, because it makes you more and more like Jesus. Prayer enables you to see and hear him more clearly and thereby treasure him more dearly. I say treasure because the more … Read more

Self

We’ve really got to get over our self. Self walks a fence rail, leaning one moment this way toward God’s kingdom and another moment toward our broken and irreparable world. He is finally about to tear down that fence, and the direction a person is leaning when he does will determine the side where he … Read more

An amazing adventure!

The church has been devolving for centuries, closing in on itself, becoming less the living body of Christ and more a religious organization. Those who have seen it happening thought it couldn’t be true. And, if it was true, they didn’t know what they could do about it. Others came to believe that’s just what … Read more

Hail ye hollow men!

We are the hollow men We are the hollow men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless. T. S. Eliot wrote this poem in 1925—the year Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby about an obsessive decadent, Hitler published the first volume of Mein Kampf and … Read more

Chosen

Jesus said, “many are invited, but few are chosen.”[1] A Christ-follower is someone who has been chosen by Jesus by choosing Jesus. We need to take off our religious hat in order to appreciate this. As long as we’re still wearing it, we hear it and nod our head and respond with something like, “Yes, … Read more

God’s kingdom or man’s world?

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.[1] Where do you live? We all have two worlds to choose from. There’s sinful earth—which isn’t just damaged, it’s ruined, irreparable and … Read more