That Was 1997!

I’m reading a book by J.P. Moreland on the role of the mind in Christian education. This book is not hot off the press. It was originally published in 1997, almost twenty years ago. I want to share a lengthy quote from his work. He’s writing about a troubled culture. He writes: “As we approach […]

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Learning from Lecrae

(image from a Google search, snapshot from YouTube) On my run this morning, my phone chose for me Lecrae’s song “Background.” I’ve heard it many times before as its’ been around a while. Yet, for some reason, these lyrics penetrated deeper into my soul than they ever had before. I’m in a position in my […]

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I Should Be Silent

(taken from Twitter, https://twitter.com/since33) A few days ago while on Twitter, one of the accounts I follw, @since33, posted the above picture. I was stopped in my egocentric tracks. The more I thought about it, the more convicted I became. I also became more convinced of the truth of Seraphim’s words. Yet, have I practiced silence […]

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An Educator’s Purpose

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,     to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning,     wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4 Not too long ago I was watching Dr. Derek Keenan from ACSI talk about Christian education. During his presentation he referenced […]

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Where’s the Line?

Jesus asked, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

Here’s a question that has been reverberating in my mind a lot recently. My second question concerning Jesus’ question concerns the best way to understand “gain the whole world.” What does that mean? Have I gained the whole world? No. . . but, maybe?

What a question Jesus asks his followers. And, if I apply that question to each situation in my life, answers invariably come. I don’t necessarily like the answers, but they come nonetheless. For example, take a small issue like purchasing a book. I’m a reader and I read widely in the area of theology, spirituality, worldview, etc. What are the chances the next book I buy is really essential? What if each book that sits on my shelf is yet another physical reminder of the entrenching worldliness in my heart? St. Paul writes that “knowledge puffs up”, right? Is there  line? If so, how can I find it?

Gaining the world might not necessarily refer to possessions. Consider the fear of man. Is it possible the desire to be well-liked is actually a craving for man’s approval, or a means of gaining the world? Is it possible being well respected and liked all is a stop on the tracks toward death?

Can the “line” be as simple as answering the yes/no question, “Is this necessary for life and godliness?” Or, “Will this thing/event/etc. help me better love God and serve my fellow man?” I don’t know. All I do know is that I don’t want to gain the world and lose my soul. Maybe I’m already lost and holding a world.

Asking “where’s the line” is the wrong question. Rather, we should ask, “which direction is Jesus going?” Holiness is not a line you cross and then hug; holiness is a path up a steep mountain you walk, taking care each step is firm before moving on, all the while know you are not alone because your God and savior already walked that path, reached the summit, and then came back down for you.

Jesus’ life is the path. May we take honest looks at our own hearts so as to see whether we walk Jesus’ path.

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