How God Made Peace by Way of War

(photo credit) As I was preparing to preach on Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called the sons of God,” I was struck by the fact that Jesus blesses peacemakers, not peacekeepers.  Peacemaking is on the offensive, while peacekeeping is on the defensive.  I then realized that God is a God […]

Why Running Outside Is Better Than a Treadmill, Self-Discipline, and Other Things

(photo credit) “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” –1 Timothy 4:7-8 Treadmills are for sissies.  I have run on […]

misled activism

(photo credit) Being Southern Baptist, I associate with a group of people who love the boycott.  We were famous for boycotting Disney–I was raised wishing I could watch the Disney channel at home, though now I wonder why.  Here are some reasons why I think we like the idea of boycotting corporations and organizations: We […]