2. You can get rich.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
2. You can get rich.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
First, because the Bible is way more difficult of a book than sermons make it seem. We want our Bibles to be like children’s Bibles, full of stories and to the point. However, it turns out that this millennia old volume was written to ancient people, not us. It is full of genealogies, laws, architectural notes and rantings about ancient politics. It has an extraordinary amount of cultural detail that isn’t explained. Most people who pick it up to read it cover to cover give up by Exodus, if they even make it that far. Frankly, its much easier to pay someone else to study it and explain it to us, like churches have done for thousands of years.
Second, the Bible isn’t necessary to live a spiritual life. Love is, Jesus is, God’s spirit is, but the Bible isn’t the only door to open up a person’s spirituality. For some people it really works and for others it causes them to kill their spiritual life by diving into arguments about detailed interpretations.
No one should complain to people about not reading their Bible. They should complain if they fail to love as Jesus loved.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
* * *
I am broken.
So are you. And everyone we know. Which means we need to be patient with each other. We are all broken in different ways, and we don't trust the way other people are broken.
We could understand if everyone were broken in the same way. But because we are all broken differently, it is even more important to work at understanding.
Part of loving others is to give ourselves space so our brokenness doesn’t harm others.
Part of loving others is to take care around people who might be especially vulnerable to our brokenness.
It is not enough to see how my brokenness affects myself, but also others. I must be aware of those who will be hurt by my brokenness, although I never meant to hurt them.
There are no holy places.
There are no holy objects, no holy artifacts, no holy clothing.
A single artifact can be used to bring someone to God or to rape a child. The same book or phrase can be used to stir love or hate. The best an object can be is potentially holy, not objectively so.