Is Jesus Really Korean and Does He have Time for Me? Thoughts from 21 Jump Street

“Korean Jesus” from “21 Jump Street” Jesus Christ has many faces, physical forms, and cultural characteristics. Forget the historical Jesus—the one with the burly beard and middle-eastern complexion. So too should the westerner disregard the last thousand years in which Jesus was depicted as an emaciated white man with long flowing hair. Cultures have, for thousands of years, viewed and depicted Jesus in thousands of different... Read More

When Prayer Becomes a Joke and Protestants Go Too Far: Restoring Reverence and Awe in the Everyday

The way in which we approach God demonstrates what we think of God. Some see him as a loving Father, a terrible tyrant, an awe-striking omnipotent being, or a homie to giggle and laugh with. And while at times God does seem like these qualities, he is not one of these things to the exclusion of the others. Considering myself neither Protestant nor Catholic (nor Evangelical, Orthodox, or any other such label) has placed me in an interesting and insightful... Read More

Saints, Spirits, and the Catholic Church: The Little-Known Truth of Who We Are in Christ

There is a family and heritage long forgotten by most. They stand about us and sustain us in prayer, but few ever recognize them. And those who do, glibly deny or reject their existence and relevance as mystical and some phantasmic figment of an over-active imagination. The saints who have come before us, regardless of our recognition of them in evangelical circles, still play a vital role in our lives. My awareness of the “saints” has been purely... Read More

Treating God Like A Cosmic Vending Machine: Rethinking How We Pray

Image by midorisyu On hand and knee, we come groveling before Him with tears and whimpers begging for that which we long. Like a dog begging for food from it’s masters plate, most often this is how God is approached. And while prayer is powerful and God promises to respond in favor and love, often our own will and desire dominates our prayers rather than our Fathers. Prayers often take the form of dictations, rather than requests. They become the... Read More

Trusting in Our Words Instead of Trusting in God: The Paradox of Faith In the Miraculous

As I sat on the bench preparing for a day of service, I heard a woman wailing outside. Our medical team was preparing for a full day of work in the jungle. We hadn’t even opened the doors yet to see patients because we had just arrived. After a few minutes I saw my dear friend, the former strongest man in Peru, carrying a woman writhing in pain. She couldn’t walk, she could barely talk, and my immediate reaction was to stare. Through translators... Read More

Why Your Schedule May Be Evicting Christ from Your Life: The Distraction and Clutter of a Busy Life

Piles of papers, stacks of bills, account statements, and adds with circled items lay across my entry way table. Plans for my weed-infested yard, job applications, work assignments, and responsibilities at church fill my mind to such a degree that they spill out onto neatly organized, though nevertheless overwhelming, to-do lists. My life is complicated. It is so busy that it feels like no room is available in my heart, mind, and soul. As, no doubt,... Read More

Does Your Life Reflect What Christ Called it to Be? : An Open Invitation For the Church to Wake-Up

We have lost something. The Church has lost something. We are distracted. Our time, energy, passion, and money are consumed in the right cloths, the right house, the right church, and the right job. Too often, myself included, Christians don’t care about anything beyond their own desires and comforts. What is going on? How are we so distracted by the pleasures of this world and yet blind to all the work that needs to be done and the pain and suffering... Read More

Are You too Busy For Christ? Practical Steps in Redeeming Lost Time

Image by Invisible kid Traffic jammed, our lives are filled and busy. We rarely stop. We are constantly on the move. And most leave little to no time in their cluttered, drive-thru, fast food-spiritual lives. Very few read the scripture regularly or even carve out some time in their busy schedules to pray and have communion with our savior. And while the most healthy thing would be for people to get out of bed an hour earlier than when they otherwise... Read More

So You Want to Hear God’s Voice? Stop Silencing Him and Open Your Bible

I’ve always been fascinated by what unfolds in chapter three of the book of First Samuel. As a young boy around the age of thirteen, Samuel was called by God to become a prophet. The story begins with Samuel lying in his bed, when all of a sudden he hears someone call his name, “Samuel.” Samuel immediately got up and walked into the room where a man named Eli was located, assuming that he was the one who called. Eli told the boy that he had... Read More

The Danger and Destruction of Denominationalism: The Much Needed Unity In and Intimacy with Christ

Image by Bartondamer Guest post by Ben Holden Roman Catholic · Anglican · Independent Catholic · Old Catholic, Lutheran · Calvinist · Anabaptist · Arminian · Baptist · Methodist · Adventist · Evangelical · Holiness · Pentecostal · Eastern Orthodox · Oriental Orthodox · Assyrian In any given town in America, the churches listed above often sit across the street from one another—humorously in some cases one on each corner of a busy... Read More

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