I tried to peel myself off the alley as the Spanish words got louder, men’s voices, but my Columbia pants stuck to the dirt. My bones ached and bowels churned. Montezuma was mounting his revenge and it was one of the worst hours of my life.
A stranger’s fingers grip mine. The words reverberate from my throat and into my ears. Liturgy is new for me–but stepping into the same words every Sunday works like a garden hoe on my heart. After weeks and months of hands grasping mine as we pray together, “Our Father in heaven,” two realizations have churned up from this regular tilling of the Lord’s Prayer.
“Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith.” Recently, Alpha International has produced Alpha Youth Series, presented by Ben Woodman and Jason Ballard. This is Alpha’s Q&A with them. “Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith.” Recently, Alpha International has produced Alpha Youth Series, presented by Ben Woodman and Jason Ballard. This is Alpha’s Q&A with them.
“Weekends with” is our new weekend devotional segment. Check in every weekend for a sermon excerpt by renowned preachers like Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield and more. This week, we have an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon on Psalm 45:8, “They have made you glad.”
God isn’t waiting for us to master the art of being a Christian—not in the way that we conquered first grade math, said goodbye to our teachers, and could count to a hundred on our own. He’s not expecting for us to navigate the politics at work, without his help. He’s not hoping that we’ll grow our own supply of patience, and not need his.
University was the beginning of the end for me. The end of innocence. You might think that statement hyperbolic, but I promise you it’s not. It is the end of innocence for most people. However, I think it can be a particularly jarring experience for believers. Everyone else goes to university expecting and hoping to lose their innocence; Christians go to university hoping against hope to keep it.
“The End” seems to indicate that whatever has transpired has completely rolled over into lifeless annals of history without any ability on our part to reach out and resuscitate it, leaving nothing in our hands but a shadowy memory of what no longer is.
I’m tired of the assumptions that I am unhealthy, debilitated or fragile. My bone disease doesn’t break my zeal for life, it breaks my bones which are two different things.
We’ve had some great articles throughout our years of publishing. Most of them are still there… alone in a corner… waiting patiently to be visited again. Here are the most shared from 2017. Go on and give them some love.
At this point in life, I do not feel the joy of salvation. I’ve been so consumed by my own life and the seemingly meaningless tasks I have to complete day by day, that I cannot see the larger picture of salvation and glory. I stand with David, or rather, I fall to my knees in front of the Father with David, crying out for the clean heart and the joy of salvation I desperately need. That we all desperately need.