Act on Behalf of the Oppressed

The apostle James, the half brother of Jesus, has written to us about refusing to show favoritism and racism and classism. He challenges us to refuse to discriminate or carry prejudice in our hearts, but instead to assign infinite value to everyone who is made in the...

Speaking Up for the Oppressed

As you come down to the end of James’s challenge about racism, favoritism, and classism, he gives us two short words. I want to give them to you today and ask you to take up this challenge with me. James says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the...

Seeing Prejudice in Your Own Heart

 I grew up in a community where there was a lot of racial tension. In the high school that I went to, there were quite a few scuffles and fights between people of different ethnicities. When I was in junior high, I attended a church with a friend, and while driving...

Who Is My Neighbor?

 So the question is: Who is my neighbor? Who is your neighbor? I grew up in the country. Our neighbors lived hundreds of feet from our house. Now, a lot of us live in neighborhoods where houses are close together, or apartment complexes where you’re kind of stacked...

We All Bear the Image of God

I’m writing this just a few days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, so the United States right now is embroiled in conflict. We’ve had protests and riots and various other things. And it causes me to ask, every time this comes up, why do we...
Real Religion is Faith That Works

Real Religion is Faith That Works

Greg Stier tells the story of encountering a Marilyn Manson fan in a coffee shop who saw his arms filled with Christian books and asked Greg, “You religious or something?” Greg, thinking on his feet, replied, “No man, I can’t stand religious people! They make me want...
If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

It’s easy to be religious. All you have to do is perform some rituals. Attend church (or some kind of worship service), give offerings, say some prayers, maybe get baptized and take communion. Easy. It’s hard to be kind when people are not kind to you. It’s hard to...
Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You

Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You

My wife has a small mirror she keeps in our master bathroom. It has two sides – one that shows you reality and another that zooms in really close. I don’t like that second side at all. It highlights every flaw and magnifies it! But if there’s a flaw I want to...
The Fruit of Anger is Almost Always Rotten

The Fruit of Anger is Almost Always Rotten

If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, you’ve probably heard two distinct ideas about anger. The first is that anger is sinful (it’s not necessarily). The second is that anger is sinful unless it’s “righteous indignation” over things that are wrong (which is...
The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

Angie and I talk to a lot of couples about marriage, and one of the most common problems we encounter is the communication conundrum. Spouses really struggle to know how to articulate themselves as well as how to understand each other. Nearly two thousand years ago,...

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