Go to a Christian bookstore and take a look at their selection of study bibles and many if not most will tout their notes that help you to “apply the Bible to your life.” Some will even go as far as to call themselves Life Application Study Bibles, or something like this. As another example … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Apply the Bible to Your Life
Social media is clearly the devil. There’s been a lot of research on how the more time we spend on social media, the more depressed and anxious we become. And this isn’t too surprising if you think about it. People only present the best versions of themselves on social media. They tend to post stuff … Continue reading 4 Ways to Prevent Your Social Media from Making You Even More Awful
You can’t receive forgiveness without giving forgiveness. At least that’s what Jesus seems to teach in the parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18) and the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” For Jesus it seems that receiving forgiveness and giving forgiveness are like two sides of … Continue reading Forgiven to Forgive Others
A lot of people today think that science has answered most all of our questions and religious answers don’t need to be taken seriously. And this is kind of unavoidable. We live in an age of science. We live in an age of reason and evidence. It’s sometimes hard to see the place of faith. … Continue reading Faith and Evidence
One of the easiest ways that I think we can go against the relaxation/entertainment obsession of our culture is by reading. In an age of smart phones and social media, we don’t read books as much as we used to. Many people find it hard to sit down and focus and read a book. Even … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran’s Summer Reading List
When I spent time serving as a camp counselor, I remember getting several versions of this question: how do we know that the text of our Bibles are right? And it’s a sensible question. After all, we’re talking about writings that were written thousands and thousands of years ago in ancient languages. How could we … Continue reading How Do We Know the Text of Our Bibles is Right?
You turn on the news and you find out that there’s been another horrific school shooting or a natural disaster across the country. The next story is about a deadly attack by some militant group you hadn’t heard of until just now in a city all the way across the world that you didn’t know … Continue reading The Upside-Down-Topsy-Turvy Kingdom of God