Is the Church political?

"The most interesting, creative, political solutions we Christians have to offer our troubled society are not new laws, advice to Congress, or increased funding for social programs – although we may find ourselves supporting such national efforts. The most creative social strategy we have to offer ... Continue reading

Mercy

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. — Matthew 5:7, NLT (Jesus speaking) In politics, power has only one purpose: to be used. In an ideal world, political power would be used only to bring good to the powerless, the voiceless, the disenfranchised. In the world of ... Continue reading

Fairness

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. — Matthew 5:6, NLT (Jesus speaking) I ruined my children. As they grew up and struggled against the limits that are part of living under a parent's authority, their frustration would inevitably boil over and they would ... Continue reading

Comfort

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. — Matthew 5:4, NLT (Jesus speaking) She awoke around midnight and went into her 5-week-old son's bedroom to nurse him. The moment she touched his head, she knew something was wrong. His skin was cold. He wasn't breathing. She screamed, ... Continue reading

Humble

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. — Matthew 5:5, NLT (Jesus speaking) Maybe you're puzzled like I am. You're in your Lazy-boy watching Hollywood's rich and famous gathered for yet another love fest. The announcer calls out the name of some budding young ... Continue reading

Poor in spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 5:3, NLT (Jesus speaking) This was Jesus' first recorded statement in what is known as his Sermon on the Mount. I have a feeling it left his audience a bit puzzled. Poor in spirit. What does it mean? You could ... Continue reading