Why God Is Not A Nice God

Privileged to feature a guest post from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, founder and President of the Center for Cultural Leadership with whom I serve as Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development. God is not a nice God.There are many lessons we can learn from Samuel's farewell address in I Samuel 12, but the most weighty lesson is  God's faithfulness, not ours.  Our faithfulness is possible only because of God's: "I ... plead with you before the LORD concerning all the r … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

Christmas. Is. Over.I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday.I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus.Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a deep breath and r … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

See Why Faith Hurts — And That’s OK

As a father of six children, I’ve dealt with more than a few cuts and bruises–and the most dreaded of all – splinters. Before a splinter was pulled, the fear of pain was almost always greater than the pain itself. For this reason, each of my children resisted attempts for healing.This resistance to healing reminds me of our spiritual lives. There is a widespread belief in modern Christianity that walking by faith should be pain-free. This lie, coupled with our fear of pain, keeps us from foll … [Read more...]

How to Be Truly Thankful this Thanksgiving

We all know that Thanksgiving is about much more than turkey and football. We know that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is just what the name suggests: giving thanks to God for His goodness to us.But I think sometimes we like to think we're more grateful than we really are.I mean, how many times have I thanked God for the food before the meal out of shear habit without an ounce of real gratitude? Please tell me I'm not the only one.Sometimes we aren't truly grateful because we … [Read more...]

Natural Disaster Relief: Why a Portable Church Has an Advantage

Water can sure do a lot of damage. A typhoon in the Philippines, a tsunami in Indonesia, or closer to home, a superstorm in New York and New Jersey.We've all seen the pictures -- a tree that crashed through the middle of a house, a boat sitting lopsided in the middle of the a pile of wreckage, and houses flooded up to the second story. But the pictures don't even do it justice. Having personally seen the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, Florida, I can tell you that the damage is … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes (Part 2)

We continue exploring how to be great in God's eyes. If you didn't catch step one, start here: How to be Great in God's Eyes (Part 1). Step 2: Taking Risks for His Kingdom You know the parable Jesus told of the talents. Three servants were assigned chucks of money to steward – significant amounts. Two were rewarded and one was cast into outer darkness to a horrific fate. But what did he do wrong?It wasn’t that he didn’t manage the money. He did manage it; he just didn’t manage it well. In f … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes

My son flirted with greatness not long ago. It happened during a recent trip we took to Stone Mountain here in Atlanta. For those unfamiliar with the attraction, picture a 600-foot-high rounded rock surrounded by flat land for at least 70 miles in all directions and you’ll start to get the idea. Apparently, about 90% of the mountain is underground. Don’t ask me how that makes it a mountain, but its geographic label is hardly relevant to the story.What makes Stone Mountain unusual is the mas … [Read more...]


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