The battle for your heart

There's a battle for your heart. The only question is whether you're going to join the fight.To understand the battleground and the nature of the fight, I think it's useful to take two things Jesus said about the kingdom and place them side by side. The first is from the seventeenth chapter of Luke's gospel. "[T]he kingdom of God is within you," said Jesus (v. 21). And the second is from the eleventh chapter of Matthew's. "[T]he kingdom of heaven suffers violence," he said, "and the violent … [Read more...]

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Here we are in the middle of Lent and I'm stuck on hippies.I've always been fascinated by the 1960s. These were wild and momentous years, populated by colorful and absurd characters whose impact far outstripped their usefulness. But drop the whole psychedelic mess into the period of the Great Fast and a compelling comparison of cultures emerges, one that might change how we see ourselves. … [Read more...]

A model for real social justice

A rich young ruler comes to Christ and asks what it takes to inherit eternal life. Jesus says, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor. . . .”Christ is enthroned in glory and he divides the crowds to his right and left. He welcomes those on his right, saying that they ministered to him when he was hungry, thirsty, lonely, naked, sick, and imprisoned. They’re surprised. “When did we do these things?” they ask. Christ answers, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least o … [Read more...]