Grace can only be trusted by an equally graceful human nature. Our work is merely to till the fertile soil, knowing that the Indwelling Spirit has already been planted within, and She is the One who “teaches you all things and reminds you of all things” (John 14:26). Many Christians have tried to pile a positive theology of salvation on top of a very negative anthropology of the human person, and it just does not work. The human self-image is too damaged and distorted within such a framework.
There’s a lot of really bad religion out there. Social media makes this seem even more outrageous. Here are a couple of clues to help sort things out:
Does your faith compel you to become more compassionate towards others, or more embittered?
Do you regularly shake your head as you worry about those (X) people groups doing (Y), or do you see each person as a unique individual human worthy of respect?
So much of what is going wrong, or right, in the world today comes down to the sum total of wise actions by leaders and their most ardent followers. We could stand to learn a thing or two from Solomon.
The Apostle Paul had an attitude. No, not that kind of attitude. This kind of attitude: "May I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Question is, do we share that attitude?
In this interview with Dave Wilmarth, I discover a world beyond "church-in-a-box" and catch a glimpse of the "treasures of wisdom and knowledge" available to every church member when they follow Jesus as their only leader