Words For Millennials From A Washed Up Gen X’er – By Johnathan Pritchett

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So, I was reading the latest article in an ever-growing list of articles regarding Millenials and the Church, and decided to give Millennials, and those in the church concerned about them, a few words. It is important to note that perusing these sorts of articles yields a diverse set of opinions, conclusions, conjecture, diagnosis, and strategies. Given that, my question is this: are Christians too concerned about what they want, like, feel, and the reasons they leave, stay, etc. Continue reading

The Key to the Door – By Sam Letson

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My son recently got his driver’s license. Among other changes this caused, we had to have a new key made for our front door so he could get in the house if we were not home. It turns out that having a key made is easy. But having one that works well in an old lock is not. Our new key has to be finagled. One has to hold it just right, move it in or out, and wiggle it a bit, and then the door will open! Even though it is not perfect, it does allow him to get inside. Continue reading

For Shame’s Sake! – By Ron Anderson

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From the very beginning of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ there were those who sought to control, manipulate, and use Him for the own interests, desires, and passions by challenging Him. One need only a cursory knowledge of the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels to see that not only did Jesus’ antagonists seek to control Him by attempting to manipulatively shame Him by challenging His actions and teachings but equally apparent is the desire of many of His “disciples” to attach themselves to Jesus for social status (“Let one of us sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory” Mark 10:37); material gain, (the feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000, when the bread was gone so was the crowd); or political gain (the disciples initially thought Jesus would lead a revolt and overthrow their Roman oppressors).

Unfortunately these very same motives can be observed in many “followers” today. Consider the crisis at Cana, the wine runs out at the wedding creating a huge shameful event in that culture. Mary, the Lord’s mother, throws the burden of restoring the family’s honor on His shoulders by challenging Him to do something. Jesus’ initial response is to put the events of life in the greater context of God’s glory and intended purposes not mans. Or consider the challenge of the Jews to Jesus when He healed the Lame man (John 5). The “challenge” was an attempt to publicly “shame” Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus’ reply again put the “event” in the greater context of God’s intended purpose.

Every challenge thrown at Jesus was diffused of its intent by Jesus evidencing God’s intended purposes in the events of life. The greatest challenge that Jesus faced was to die on Calvary; His “riposte”, “No one takes it (my life) from Me, but I lay it down myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:18) His ultimate delight was to embrace the shame of the cross to honor His Father’s will.