God calls us to invite the least, the last, and the lost, to the banquet. Not out of sympathy, but out of realizing that it is the seemingly “excluded, rejected, or marginalized by society” that Christ makes Himself known. If the gospel you preach seeks power, privilege, blessing, at the expense of solidarity with the lowly, it may not be the good news at all.
I was a leader flawed in character and driven by my own desires to succeed, operating out of insecurity and fear. Sadly, there are so many guys in this same boat and have no idea. What has been a drastic change in my life has been my acknowledgement that I am flawed and that’s ok. God has surrounded me with amazing friends that have seen through the facades that I have created in order to impress, dazzle, and attract attention.
If you are anything like me you understand at times following God seems like a fairytale. Sometimes when I look over the stories of Jesus I immediately think of a comic book character that seems to be all-powerful. I mean he walks on water, heals people, walks through walls, and flies on clouds! Stan Lee couldn’t have written it better.
All songs are purposefully unedited versions and some of the topics will be tough to swallow. Nonetheless, I find it necessary to leave the music unadulterated for the sake of the message. I challenge you to hear the struggles and really listen intently to the lyrics before you. Only through listening, humility, and a willingness to be uncomfortable can we achieve a right understanding of solidarity, empathy, and inclusive love.
If you’ve ever searched for relevance, freedom, acceptance, or to make a name for yourself, through a career, please let me tell you, your wounds and insecurities will not be healed or transformed by it. Lay the pride, lust, and lack of self-awareness aside, and let God fulfill the longing in your soul for these things you search for.
How often, I wonder, do we flee the purposes God has for us by assuming they’re elsewhere? For years when I imagined the purpose of my life being in some faraway land, waiting to be arrived at by some well-prepared superhuman. Nowadays, though, I try to be a lot more present to what’s right in front of me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to have a conversation with God about what I’m going to do with my life and at the end of almost every single one of those conversations, God, after being very patient, has asked me: “So how well are you loving the people right in front of you?”
The reality is singleness provides one with more time. But my encouragement to you is this: Don’t waste the extra time. Instead, wasting it on video games and Netflix, use this time to discover who you are, determine who you want to become, and make progress to get there.
Depending on what your life consist of, you might hear this word often or not so. Expectations, a key word a few years ago for every Christian. Now, a common stance for the feminist movement. Regardless, it speaks to everyone but I don’t think we’ve captured what it really means and how it affects us.
If you’re anything like me, you probably spent a lot of time as a young person asking this question, wondering when and where you’d meet “the one”. Growing up in the church and our relationally romanticized pop-culture, my entire life system guided me in the belief that if I was faithful and patient, God would one day bless me with someone He made special just for me. This woman would possess every trait that I have ever prayed for. She would be a perfect match for me, understand me better than anyone, and of course fulfill my sexual desires. This person would be my other half, my “soul-mate” that God destined me to be with from the beginning.
We all desire this kind of transformation. Which means we all need to rethink certain ideas and concepts so that growth can be possible. This is why, over the next few weeks, our core contributors will be inviting us into conversations about themes that need to be rethought. In this series we will reexamine how we think about topics such as leadership, doubt, singleness, career, race, and much much more. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift of thought to open up new possibilities.