Why the Temple cleansing (etc) isn't your permission to always be fighting.
With the legalization of marijuana, there are a few things we should consider beyond whether or not it should be legal. Such as, why is everyone trying to escape so badly?!
"We want to calm down, rev up, ignore our problems, lubricate our relationships, reward ourselves, thrill ourselves, soothe ourselves, and manage
"As followers of Jesus, when we read stories about Yahweh’s anger or wrath or judgment, we feel like we need to apologize to our friends or explain it away or hide this socially unacceptable part of God away in the back room, as if Yahweh needs a little PR help to survive in the modern world....
We need to live in the tension between love and anger. Most of us think of love and anger as incompatible. How can you love somebody and be angry at them? That just shows how much we still have to learn about love."
The lives of our greatest heroes often undermined the gospel they so eloquently preached. What do we do with that?
"The goal of every moment is more than personal happiness. It is growth in holiness. What would it look like to spend your money
"I truly believe in the paradox of church attendance: While you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, if you never go to church you probably aren’t a Christian. But I have a hard time speaking that truth to my neighbor."
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE NAIL
God uses our marriages to sanctify us. Exhibit A: