It really doesn’t matter what everyone says or thinks about you. What does matter is if God is pleased. Continue reading 1 reason not to care what people think
I’ve been meditating on the fact that where we start is not necessarily where we end up. This is true in a good way–people come out of awful circumstances and reach great heights. For example, we recently watched “Spare Parts,” a true story about Latino high school students in a poor, crime-ridden community. Although they came from a disadvantaged background, they managed to develop an underwater robot that … Continue reading Beginning ≠ End
At a recent meeting I tried to talk about Philippians 3. Unfortunately, the kids playing outshouted the adults quietly studying, and it was hard to maintain a consistent train of thought amid the ruckus. All blame on the kids aside, I just didn’t quite get where I was hoping to go, so I’m going to try again here. In Philippians 3, Paul lists the reasons … Continue reading When “good” gets in the way
I’m been talking with some young men about what it means to become a follower of Jesus, and one had a very good question: If I say “I’m a follower” does that make me a follower? He pointed out that it seems too easy. He also pointed out that God has been at work in his life for a long time, so why should … Continue reading Is it that easy?
My students and I have been talking about cheating and academic dishonesty over the last couple weeks. The more we discuss it, the bigger and more complex the problem seems. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle that seems to allow no escape. Plus, cheating in the classroom is intertwined with corruption, manipulation and lying that happens everywhere else. Children who learn to “work the system” become adults … Continue reading Little me, big problems. Is there hope?
One of the highest values today is freedom. We want to do what we want, when we want, where we want, and we don’t really want anyone to tell us we can’t. The American Declaration of Independence says that all people have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Thus in the case of America, the government basically exists to give people … Continue reading Ready to lose my freedom
As we’ve been reading the story of Elijah and the prophets of Ba’al to our boys, I wanted to find a Scripture that really sums of the heart of the story. This is the one I found. In today’s culture, it is seen as narrow-minded and downright offensive. What makes you think that your God is true God and someone else’s isn’t? What I hear … Continue reading “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.”