Summer Sabbath

wallpaper-august-2014-calendar-photo-mountain-switzerland-lDear friends,

 

This summer has been much more busy than anticipated and I’ve only had time to post twice since May. For that reason I am slating August 18th as the time to resume blogging. Be sure to check in at that time and also feel free to send in questions or ideas that you want to hear about in the future. Over the next six weeks Robert Tippett and I will also be discussing another run of the “Sunday Night Discussions.” The intent for the second season would involve much more investment and would begin around mid-September. We already have some great potential guests lined up.

 

So have a great second half of the summer and we’ll see you August 18th.

 

Love Steve

The Sacred verses Secular or “Being Salt and Light in a Politically Correct World.”

For the discussions this evening we’ll dive into the question of Christian influence in the public sector and culture? Is authentic Christianity something that should remain behind the church house steps or allowed to permeate society? Some would argue the famed “Separation of Church and State” philosophy while others suggest that Christian influence in culture is a good and needed practice. Join us this tonight at 8p as we examine this question.

When Faith turns to Fatigue.

Sometimes I just get tired.  If anything, the word journey better describes the walk with Christ more than a happy walk in the park.  It gets hard at times.  It gets fatiguing at times.  A marathon, or maybe a triathlon, is more descriptive of what authentic Christianity is like, rather than a Caribbean cruise.  Yes, I get tired sometimes.  It is tiring to continue to pray for years and not see the results my heart longs for.  It is just downright oppressive at times trying to calmly and lovingly speak toward Biblical righteousness in a culture that wholly embraces abortion, homosexual lifestyles, and philosophical relativity.  It gets disheartening to see more and more people who wear the name of Christ in Western Europe and America drop Biblical morality like a bad losing streak in favor of liberal cultural and political correctness.  (more…)

On Converting the Culture and Shaping Society.

I’ve been reminded by some friends that I’m falling behind in my Kingdomology posts and they’re right.  Why the delay?  Well it’s partially because I’ve had a ton of irons in the fire. But I have to admit that it’s also because I’ve just been meditating a lot on the present spiritual environment of the American culture since the presidential election last month. The root of my observation is not centered on the victory of Obama over Romney, but rather something deeper. The simple truth is that the American culture we know today is light years away from what the writers of the Mayflower Compact envisioned for this new land. Obviously America still enjoys more religious freedom than most countries on the globe especially when you think of places like China or the Middle East.  But the American culture at large appears to be mirroring the Roman Empire of the first century much more than the philosophy of the Pilgrims.

Now I’m not saying that the Pilgrims were perfect nor am I suggesting that we should go back to their religious dress code or imitate their legalism. Indeed they got off track in many areas like we all do. But there was something different in their core nature that is missing today in so many camps. (more…)

Above the Change.

Today the United States will change. After Americans go to the polls and ultimately the Electoral College vote is cast, one direction or the other will be set in motion. Either the governmental philosophy of President Obama will be fully confirmed or the direction of Governor Romney will set another course.  Either way, we are looking at monumental change.  I have friends who are cheering for each side of this debate. I have friends from all across the political spectrum who will either be throwing a party tonight or settling in for a somber night’s sleep. Indeed this is a serious election.  But after you go to the polls, here are two main principles followers of Jesus Christ need to keep in mind at the end of the day.  (more…)