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.
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.
How do we reconcile our disappointment in “unanswered” prayer with our belief in an all-knowing God?
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”.
All of us keep a part of ourselves, the inner self, hidden, and show the world only our outer self. In the Spirit, God overcomes that barrier. God now lives inside, in the inner self, and seeks ways to bring harmony to those two selves.
One of God’s goals for all of us is that we realize the “selves” He originally intended us to be; each different from the next with a unique combination of personality traits, interests and locations along the spiritual path.
Women, the poor, minorities, the disabled, environmental and human rights advocates—all these draw their moral force from the power of the gospel unleashed at the cross, when God took the side of the victim.