Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values
This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God is full of intriguing examples, thoughtful stories and comfort-challenging perspectives.
Some readers will argue that while “Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God” author Rick Mckinley has wandered astray and abandoned the proclaimed kingdom message to turn from sins and instead he’s chosen to proclaim a social gospel of deeds and good works.
Still other readers will find the authors’ choice a fitting response to the challenge of James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?”
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Values
“If you support _____ immediately delete me.”
That was posted on Facebook, tweeted and repeated passionately in the last few weeks leading up to our national election.
It’s interesting how much anger and vitriol arises during election years.
I see it everywhere.
Even among comic book readers.
At the risk of alienating fans of other fans I’m only going to refer to two set of loyalists, the Batman and the Superman fans.
Recently I read a graphic novel called Trinity by Matt Wagner featuring Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman. In the Trinity there is a conversation between Wonder Woman and Superman about Batman.
What is INTEGRITY?
Integrity, according to dictionary.com means, “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.”
I following through consistently on true beliefs and healthy values.
I cannot begin to think through what a mangled mess “integrity” can be.
Who decides what’s true/truth?
What value are beliefs? How about facts?
And, for that matter, whose beliefs?
Who determines what and whose values are healthy?
And, what value are values?
Do some values have precedence over other values?
We watch the presidential debates.
We try to make wise decisions who we choose as leaders.
We watch him.
We watch her.
We try to make wise decisions who we date and marry.
We wonder, “Who are you?”
And, “Are you the right one?”
People are asking the same things about us.
Who Are You?
Jesus Christ answered that question for anyone who would listen and learn, “You, beloved, are the salt of the earth…and you, beloved, are the light of the world. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.” 1
Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012
The Book of Man by William J. Bennett
Let’s Bring Back Heroes
“Men are called to be heroes in ways both big and small in every area of their lives, all the areas we cover in this book—war, work, and play; civic life, family life, and prayer life. What follows is a piece I wrote more than forty years ago and one whose message serves as a foundation for the pieces to follow. Whether we take up the sword, the plow, the ball, the gavel, our children, or our Bibles, we must always do it like the men we are called to be.”
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
This week I’ve written about three people I admire, Gerry and Julie Andersen, and Lance Berkman. They each have accomplishments that many people would envy.
Rather than envy I examine what helps someone become a success and look for ways to apply similar principles in my own life.
Today I was reminded of these seven strategies an unknown author suggested for a balanced life. As I have sought to embrace these strategies as disciplines I have found more balance in my life. Perhaps if you practice these strategies you’ll experience more balance too.
A Balanced Life
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
in Emotional, Sports, Values
Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to ever play the game. On the other hand, according to a recent ESPN article by Henry Abbott, Bryant’s fear of failure blinds him from experiencing even greater success.
After missing 22 shots in a New Year’s Day loss to Denver, Bryant scoffed at reporters who hinted that he should have passed the ball to teammates: “If you’re asking me if I’m going to shoot less,” he said, “the answer is no. It starts with me. I do what I do. We play off of that, and that’s not going to change.”
Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
in Reviews, Spiritual, Values
Thomas, one of Jesus Christ friends, asked him about eternity “How can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am the way, the truth, and the life! Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.”
Sweet invites his readers to consider the implications and benefits of living our Story as Christ’s Story.
Sweet captured the gospel and it’s implications accurately: “To be the humans God made us to be, we need grace.” We need that grace to effectively represent Christ for a dying world.
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Leonard Sweet’s I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Values are the things that are most important to us. Yesterday I challenged you to consider your values and identify a Top 5. Some of you even made yours public, thank you.
My Top 5 were Family, Friendship, Love, and Religious Beliefs, with Security edging out Peace and Self-Respect for the fifth spot. 1
With that in mind, I would like to think that my values would represent what I did with my time and money. I’d like to say they do, but as often as my wife has teased me about “my mistress” — the laptop — I must confess to my misplaced priorities.
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
in Emotional, Financial, Values
When I was a child I loved black licorice, cherry licorice, chocolate, and, well, almost all candy. Candy was tasty, and in short supply in my house. Candy, I believed, brought me happiness. I wanted candy, and I needed cash to buy candy.
I picked up pennies in the ground, checked phone booths and candy machines for unclaimed change. I was always on the lookout for stray money.
When I was eleven or so I went with a youth leader and a group of boys for pizza. I must admit I’m not certain what my previous experiences were in restaurants, but I know what I did that night.