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

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

Salt-free faith

Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. —Matthew 5:13, The Message (Jesus speaking) Season all your ... Continue reading