Crown of thorns

So many Christians look at what’s happening in this world today and see it as a sign. They call it a “sign of the time” and proof that Jesus is coming back soon. Even though this sounds holy at first, it is often the easiest excuse for us to turn a blind eye to the suffering in this world. It…

Our reality is made up of what we derive from our experiences up until today. As little children, we took in everything. We build our world without being able to distinguish lies from truths. We were at the mercy of our surroundings. If we had mostly good experiences, we grow up as positive, healthy people. If they were mostly bad,…

The church teaches us the things we should and shouldn’t do but it avoids to fill us in on the consequences. Somehow, we have to stay on the right track but how can we do that if the consequences of sin don’t seem to be that bad after all? Going for the wrong choice is often tempting. Making the right…

Dark skies are calming the soul. Rain mingled with the north wind is trickling down my face. Today is the day we have been molded for. We were prepared for this day by iron winters and blazing summers. Forged through pain and trial, a beast arose upon dry lands. We ran, brothers, through the trials this life has laid upon…

Schools are a lot like churches today. People go there because they have to. But there was a time when people wanted to learn about the world. A time when people smiled when they heard the word of God. It was a time when schools and the church served their purpose. As they became successful, the hunger for power destroyed…

The killing of whole tribes rarely make it into the Sunday morning message. But we hear about it at other places. The world throws it right into our face and the critics proclaim it from the rooftops. In the night, when no one is looking, their doubts become ours and we start to wonder. Wrestling with hard issues is vital to trust…

The legacy of a hero Recently, we mourned with dear friends the loss of one of their own. Gene was a giant in the faith. His life was marked by the relentless pursuit of God. Thousands of people were connected to Christ through his direct ministry. Hundreds of thousands were influenced by the seeds he planted. Gene was a true hero. An example…

Colorful explorations The internet is the world’s window to opportunity. Anything can be done and seen. The computer doesn’t judge us. We’re only one in a crowd of nameless, faceless on-watchers sitting down to feast. Porn is the search for the perfect satisfaction. It’s the hunt for the high we experienced when we saw it for the first time. It was then when curiosity…

The 60s marked a transformation in people’s attitudes. After fighting the Nazis and battling the Viet Cong, after seeing families split up and destroyed, the people despised everything related to war and violence. The hippie movement compensated for the traumas in the past and swung in the opposite direction. From there on, we based our thinking on rejection force and…

Relationships are tricky. Everyone can attest to that. They are rewarding when things go well and drag us down like nothing else if things get bumpy. Yet no matter how much we get hurt, we still go out there for more. We can’t stop because we are made for connections. Our life means nothing if it’s not lived in a context…

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