Professor Larycia Hawkins’ Suspension, President Obama, and the Lost Jesus of Christmas

Professor Larycia Hawkins’ Suspension, President Obama, and the Lost Jesus of Christmas

Solidarity is what she opened her discussion with.  Shortly after the December 2nd mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim husband and wife, Wheaton College Professor, Larycia Hawkins, set out to demonstrate solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab.  She cleared the actions with Wheaton, which is a major Christian liberal arts university, and all appeared to be fine.  While my idea of solidarity promotion wouldn’t include the wearing of a hijab any more than suggesting that a Muslim cleric wear a Catholic Priest’s collar, I understand the desire to do something to foster a spirit of peace.  I agree that stereo typing all Muslims as terrorist is something that we must fight.  Days later though Professor Hawkins was suspended by the university.  As some raced to condemn the institution and point to the public wearing of the Islamic female head covering as their reason, the real issue was much deeper and I completely agree with Wheaton’s decision. (more…)

Imagining More of Jesus

Imagining More of Jesus

They did it again!  It’s just another reason why I’m proud of Cypress Crossings Christian Church.  This past weekend volunteers from the C4 family reached out again this year to bless children and families in our area.  For a church family of our size; they did an amazing job in providing just under 150 children and families in our region with Christmas presents. The thrilling part is that this outreach project was not something pushed by the lead minister.  It actually grew up organically from within the body and that’s what Christmas and real Christianity is all about.

Jesus clearly noted that he came to seek and to save that which was lost and to give his life as a ransom for many.   Jesus came to give. The folks of C4 have not only experienced the life changing grace of Christ but have turned around to bless others. They are giving.

People have pointed to John Lennon’s song, Imagine, as a hope for humanity.  As for me, I like imagining a world, not with or without religion, but where more people truly know Jesus Christ and are radically pursuing Him.  Such a place might actually do what politics simply cannot accomplish.  Change the heart and thus the world.  To indeed bring “Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men.”  Yes; Imagining a world with more Jesus, more Christmas.

But for now . . . I’m stoked at how C4 is giving it an amazing shot.