Who Are They Anyway? by Robert Ricciardelli

We must not rely on the things that "They" say! And who are "They" anyway? So much of our lives, our choices, and our world-views are being shaped by others. The systems of this world, religion, politicians, and the media, are all trying to bend our mind to their way of thinking and their way of life. They tell us to, "Lean to the left, lean to the right, stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!" No wonder why there is so much confusion and division among us. Lies have become the truth to so many. … [Read more...]

Daniel: The Importance of Being Relevant and Subversive by Richard Dahlstrom

Theology should be done with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other - Karl BarthMy “coffee with God” times are taking me through the book of Daniel these days, and I’ve been refreshed by finding a model for what it actually means to live right in the thick of culture without allowing oneself to be taken captive by culture.  Daniel had some food limitations that were presumably related to his Jewish faith, and held to those convictions as a captive in the midst of Babylon. Take … [Read more...]

The Unshakable World View by Robert Ricciardelli

The Kingdom of God opposes most prevailing worldviews. Christ brings hope for every outcast, and the forgotten and diminished become known and significant. He represents radical relational social patterns like the first will be last and the last will be first, and what may impress people may not impress God. People who think they are at the top are often, in God’s eyes, at the bottom, and those who may think they are at the bottom, are often at the top, in eyes of their God. God's Kingdom is the … [Read more...]

Living For Something Rather than Against by Robert Ricciardelli

We live in a world of shifting foundations, where our worldview seems to be redefined every few months, and it can leave us anxious. Yet, we must lead others toward hope filled faith. When we do not live in the peace and expectation of God, we tend to expend our energy negatively by being against things rather than for the things we do believe in as foundational for life. We must not fall into the trap of an energy draining focus on what we are against rather than the life giving energy that … [Read more...]