Ambition

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (1 Thess 4.11):

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.

The juxtaposition here is interesting. Make it your ambition to lead an unambitious life.

As Henri Nouwan observes, "There is almost nothing more difficult to overcome than our desire for power."

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I resign!

I’m challenged by these three resignations from Ty Grigg at the Vine Christian Community in Long Grove, Illinois.

1. I resign from protecting people from pain The pastor is like a personal bodyguard.  We know that we cannot protect people from pain.  For example, when we encounter death or loss, we know to let our […]

Life worthy of our calling

There are as many ministerial roles as there are members of the body of Christ, and that means that more than half of them belong to women. The transformation that Paul’s vision calls for would not be to let a few more especially gifted women share with a few men the rare roles of […]

Are Food Banks the British equivalent of the LA trolley wars?

Apparently, the City of LA has been cracking down on the homeless by confiscating the shopping carts they used to hold and transport their belongings. The City found these carts to be an eyesore so, to preserve appearances, they started taking the carts away. How could they legally do this? The City claimed that […]

Where do we live?

Here’s a thought from Richard Beck:

Bonhoeffer begins his little book Life Together in a most provocative way:  The Christian cannot simply take for granted the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. In the end all his disciples abandoned him. On the cross he was […]

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