There are so many areas of life where our thoughts, inclinations, feelings, priorities, and values tend to leave God out and leave him behind. It takes the Bible and God’s Holy Spirit to help us see all of life in a God-centered way. Here’s a piece I wrote for Desiring God in which I seek to show how the Golden Rule is all about God.
Over the years, I’ve shared C.S. Lewis’ law of firsts and seconds pretty often, because it’s been such a helpful principle for me to understand. Here’s an article I wrote for Desiring God, summarizing and applying Lewis’ insight, and showing that it comes from Jesus himself: ‘How to Lose the Things You Love.’
Is America a Christian nation? Courtesy of the Gospel Coalition, here’s Russell Moore’s response (I agree with Moore). Note particularly his point (toward the end of the clip) about the theological liberalism inherent in applying the Bible’s promises to any person or nation apart from the mediating work of Jesus Christ.
We’re thankful to God for another great year of celebrating with Pepperell in the annual Independence Day parade, and then serving Pepperell through Service Sunday. What fun! On Saturday, we walked Main Street with a giant elephant, lots of little jungle animals (i.e. kids with face paint), and a sea of blue t-shirts, advertising our PCF Vacation Bible School on July 24-28, throwing candy, and just being part of our town. On Sunday, we worshiped God together in an early service, and then moved out into our community in service together — helping three individuals in Pepperell with yard work, cleaning the parade route and town field, and sending cards and gifts to public servants in Pepperell. We grew in community with one another as we worked alongside each other, and I pray that God will be glorified as our community sees the love of Jesus in some small, humble acts of service and love.
Sam Allberry is an evangelical author, pastor in the Church of England, editor for the Gospel Coalition, speaker for Ravi Zacharias’ ministry RZIM, and author of Is God Anti-Gay? He is also same-sex attracted, and has spoken widely and well about his experience of seeking to faithfully follow Jesus by remaining celibate. In this remarkable two-minute clip, he addresses the Church of England General Synod this past February. It’s a model of Christian faithfulness, conviction, and courage. I’m thankful for his life and witness.