If you had cancer, you’d want to know, right? Nobody wants to be ignorant when a little bit more of them dies each day. Nobody who finds out they have cancer will do nothing. Instead, we will get help, research all the possible treatments, and make whatever changes are necessary to eradicate it from our body. But we won’t do any of this if we don’t know what this spiritual cancer is or how subtle and destructive it is.
Giving is a tricky subject. Our flesh is inherently selfish. As church members, we need to strive to be generous. But church leaders also need to be honorable in the way they manage the resources gifted by the church. Some churches do this better than other churches, so what can I do if my church manipulates me to give?
Have you ever known someone who is flagrant sin and who continues to go to church? In the case of someone who is an unbeliever, this is easy. We want them to come and hear the gospel. But what about when that person professes to be a believer? If a professing believer is in sin and wants to go to church, what can I do? Should they be allowed to go to church? How should we deal with this?
I recently received an email pointing out an area of weakness in my understanding. I felt the familiar pang of humiliation (we all know it). It made me question whether it is right for me to pursue a particular course of action. Ultimately, humiliation is another way that the Lord humbles us. There are four primary ways God develops humility in His people. Some of His ways may appear harder to bear than others, but developing humility is a painful exercise for everyone. (more…)
Today I received an email from a popular Christian writer who challenged his large audience to take up mindfulness meditation.1 He cited four benefits of meditation from Psychology Today in support of establishing it as a daily practice. In the email he sent out to subscribers, this author explained that “its roots go back to Biblical times and ancient cultures.” But does mindfulness meditation trace its roots to the Bible? Should Christians meditate?2