"He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world."
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A Quote to Live By
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Posted by Rich Glasgow
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Q and A Session with Eric Metaxas and John Piper on Bonhoeffer
It's about 49 minutes long which is an eternity if you're just cruising the web, but if you're a reader of Metaxas' books, you'll want to watch this. This the first time I've heard or watched John Piper and he's almost as compelling as Metaxas.
I watched this twice; I thought it was that good.
Their dialog on Romans 13, early on in the program, was excellent. Piper's wisdom and insight on this often misused text is exemplary.
If you like this vimeo you might also like the 11 minute production from the folks at I Am Second featuring Metaxas. In it, he shares the testimony of his faith.
The ENGAGE conference was an all day event here in the Dallas area aimed at Christians who hope to make a difference in their communities by becoming "engaged."
All too often, Christians sit back and see all that's wrong with the culture and feel helpless to do anything about it. Not only can Christians make a difference but the Bible clearly instructs us to be good examples and role models to everyone with whom we interact.
Jesus spells it out in Matthew 5:13-14 during his famous Sermon on the Mount that He wants us to be "the salt and the light" in our communities. This isn't for our benefit or so people will take notice of us, but rather that people will see that our Christian life is kind, admirable and produces positive results. Hopefully, our good stewardship to God will have a positve effect on the community and those around us.
But that's a two way street. The other side of that coin is for Christians to be poor examples to those with whom we come in contact and that's not a good way to "make points" with God or with our community.
If we're to be the "salt and the light" we have to do something. We don't have the luxury to sit back and watch society crumble before our very eyes. In fact, maybe it's crumbling because Christians have done too little for too long.