To start this review off, I would first like to say how much I appreciate Alan Hirsch and the work he’s done to encourage believers into a more authentic, Jesus-centered life. I have never read one of his books without wanting to pursue Jesus more and more. Hirsch’s books, such as The Forgotten Ways and ReJesus, have shaped my views on Christianity significantly and I am grateful for his work. Continue reading Book Review – 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ
“If the man does know he’s going to die and dies anyway, dies willingly, knowing he could stop it, then… I mean, isn’t that the type of man you want to keep alive?” ~ Kay Eiffel
In the past, I used to tell people being a Christian was more about a relationship with God than it had to do with religion. By religion, I meant following rules to strengthen oneself and become a “good” person. But inadvertently, my relationship with God was, well, about my relationship. It was self-focused and could exist outside of loving my neighbor. It was easy to make the two ends of the spectrum self-gratifying without knowing it, and, as a result, disregard religion as in-superior.
But thankfully, an early disciple of Jesus shed light to religion’s true definition:
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)
Christianity, then, is far more than just a relationship between me and the Father. It is a religion and relationship built on love for God and neighbor. In essence, it sums up the two greatest commandments (Mark 12:28-34).
And religion, then, is something far greater than self-gain or being good for the sake of being good. It encompasses a righteousness that takes care of those in distress. It entails justice and mercy that ultimately pleases the Father through Jesus.
I want to be more religious.
It’s been a while.
While I’m still taking some time off from blogging, I wanted to take a moment and share a fantastic blog created by a great friend of mine. It’s called Against Doubt, and its purpose is to equip Christians to defend their faith against lofty arguments and everyday doubts we will face.
They just released part 2 of a series on the Resurrection of Jesus, and I highly recommend checking it out HERE.
Be sure to subscribe to them for more great articles, and in the near future I’ll update you all on what I plan to do with my blogging.
The other day I deleted my Instagram and Twitter accounts. It was very refreshing. I never used them and it was about time I got rid of them. Continue reading Bye Bye Social Media
“I believe as Christians, and as a Christian artist, we need a fresh revelation of who God is. Yes God is our friend, but he is also King, and this is a good thing. If God is no different than you and I, then what kind of God would he be? I am grateful that God is not like me. I am thankful that God is not only good but powerful and Holy, and worthy of my respect.” – Ben Pierce (Read more on Come&Live)
What is the Gospel?
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
In answering these questions, I’ve heard an array of Christians talk about how it’s all about love and grace, being a good person, or going to church. However, when it comes to following Jesus, there was one message that Jesus preached that I rarely hear people talk about these days. That message is this: Continue reading When we repent, Jesus empowers.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
While Easter was a day to celebrate, I found myself heartbroken in the midst of it. Continue reading Victorious
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
As Easter approaches tomorrow, Christians around the globe will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a monumental time to rejoice, but I always find something even more fascinating than simply celebrating through the good times. Continue reading Christ Lives In Me