The longer I live the more I become convinced that all of life is really about one thing, relationships. Some of us are more relationally oriented and some of us are more task oriented, but at the end of the day what gives it all meaning is the relationships we have with the people around us. Ultimately, as those trusting in Christ, what gives all of life meaning is our relationship with Christ. That is why the Scriptures are so clear on (more…)
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I was there. On Thanksgiving night, I was among the masses at Walmart having one of the most horrific experiences of my adult life. A simple trip to take advantage of a few good deals became a hard-won spiritual lesson on the dangers of materialism. After watching people argue over a limited number of toys, trample others for electronics, and threaten each other over cookware, it finally hit me while I was standing in the 47th place in a check-out line: Christmas in America has devolved into a scene from a horror movie.
As soon as the tables are cleared, the warmth of Thanksgiving is traded for a swelling tide of material lust. The wave of advertisements is like a toxic chemical spill creating rabid (more…)