There are few places is the divide between the “liberal” and “conservative” Christian faith more evident than how each side understands the person of Jesus and what it means to be his disciples.
This was the next great schism in the modern Christian Church, and though it started in the Protestant churches, it crossed into the Roman Catholic Church as well.
Wouldn’t it be odd, and disappointing, if after all life’s experiences, I had not grown, changed, or gained a different perspective? Yet this is precisely what happens with some people.
Our desire for certainty, our need to be right, and our tendency to miss the point have conspired to keep Christians from experiencing unity.
How do we reconcile our disappointment in “unanswered” prayer with our belief in an all-knowing God?
God grants us freedom to rebel against his original design, yet even as we do so, we end up ironically serving his eventual goal of restoration.
God’s “the inner voice of love,” is precious indwelling reminder that frees us to act as God’s beloved, beyond the reach of human praise or blame.
When Jesus said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” what did he mean?
Use your mind to seek God in creative ways. Visualize yourself in a Bible story as you explore it as if you were there. Or place yourself into a different landscape or situation and allow the Holy Spirit to take you where it wills, as in this post.
In all my years of ministry, it might be one of the hardest conversations that I’ve ever had with someone. Walking up the stairs of this house for the first and only time, the smell and the screaming were something terrible. I felt as if I had been transported into the middle of the film “The Exorcist”.