I’m not blogging here anymore; everything new is now on The Christ Almighty Blog. Click here to go there. Or wait just a moment, ’cause some browsers will permit me to forward you there.
04 September 2015
More Christ has been online nearly five years. And as that five-year mark approached, I’ve been thinking about how the blog’s been doing. What works, what doesn’t. That sort of thing. I concluded it’s time to shake things up. Myself included. New challenge!
So beginning Sunday, I’m blogging at Christ Almighty! (Exclamation point part of the title.) It’s a new site. Same writer: Me. And of course I’m bringing my worldview with me, and my emphasis on knowing and following Jesus. All you really have to do is point your browser to a different website.
Yep, More Christ is passing away. As will everything in this world.
31 August 2015
When you don’t know what to do, talk to God. Hopefully not after you’ve exhausted all options: You’ve spoken to him before you tried something fruitless. But yeah, if you don’t know what else to do, talk to God.
Now, not only is this always good advice to follow, but it’s good advice when dealing with other people. When we talk to others, and they share their difficulties with us, sometimes we don’t know how to respond. We feel we ought to say something comforting to them, or give some helpful advice. (We don’t always recognize when they don’t want advice, and aren’t asking for any: They’re just unburdening themselves.) When you don’t know what to say, your best response is, “Can I pray for you?”
25 August 2015
Either you trust your pastor and your church’s leadership structure, or you really don’t. Ain’t no third option.
You may claim there is so a third option, and I’ve made this sound black-and-white when there are plenty of shades of gray. Y’see, we trust everyone up to a point—because everyone is fallible. (Everyone but Jesus.) So we trust the leadership of our church that far, and no further. The devil is constantly on the prowl,
Okay: In principle I have no issue with this reasoning. Makes perfect sense; seems consistent with the Christian principle of testing everything.
24 August 2015
Jesuswas praying in a certain place. During a break one of his students told him, “Master, teach us to pray, like John taught his students.” He told them, “Whenever you pray, say:
Father, make your name sacred; make your Kingdom come; give us enough of our bread for today; free us from our sins, for we ourselves freed all who owe us; and don’t bring us to testing.”
Luke 11.1-4 KWL
It’s a bit shorter than Matthew’s version, which is likewise a little shorter than the traditional version (which actually comes from the Didache). Even though Jesus did say, “Whenever you pray, say [this prayer]”—a statement we should probably deal with first, thanks to all the literalist interpreters out there.
20 August 2015
Every so often it makes the news: Someone finds a stain on the wall which sorta kinda looks like Jesus. Or a tortilla whose burn-pattern sorta kinda looks like Jesus. Or a dog with sorta kinda Jesus-shaped patch of fur. Or a sorta kinda Jesus-shaped potato. And so on; you get the idea.
By “sorta kinda” I mean they look like the traditional images of Jesus we see in western art: A man with longish hair, mustache, and beard. These folks don’t know what Jesus literally looks like, but they see a bearded guy and figure it’s Jesus, it’s a sign, it’s a miracle. No beard, and it’s not a miracle; just a coincidence.
Okay, but why do these “miraculous appearances” get so much attention? Because people really wanna see Jesus. They want him so bad, they’re willing to settle for coincidences, and call them miracles. They’ll take what they can get. I don’t blame ’em.
But if you want a real Jesus sighting, they do actually happen.
19 August 2015
If you have children, your number one responsibility as a Christian is to share Jesus with them.
This does not mean raise ’em Christian. Not knocking that, but it’s not the same thing. Getting raised Christian only means children are raised by Christians, by Christian standards (and we can debate how Christian those standards truly are), and that they get plenty of exposure Christian culture. But do they end up actual Christians, where they individually know and follow Christ Jesus?
Not always. I speak from experience.