Archives For Believe

Actor John Cusack made a splash recently with this statement about Christianity, which appeared in Vanity Fair:

Let’s go with Jesus. Not the gay-hating, war-making political tool of the right, but the outcast, subversive, supreme adept who preferred the freaks and lepers and despised and doomed to the rich and powerful.

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I love that.

We are beyond weary of seeing Jesus used as a hammer to bash others. We are heartsick at this other thing Christ has become. It’s time to get back to Jesus. Just Jesus. The real Jesus.

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Do you have to believe in miracles in order to be a Christian? Can you be a follower of Jesus without believing that he literally rose from the dead?

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As the cultural influence of Christianity continues to wane, people are more often skeptical of the Christian story.

If you haven’t encountered a skeptic lately, you will soon. And there’s a lot riding on your response to their questions.

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An overwhelming majority of American adults (78.4 percent) would identify themselves as Christians, according to a Pew Forum study. But their level of belief varies widely. So when people say the word faith, they may mean a variety of things.

That shouldn’t be surprising, because the word itself has several shades of meaning. Not all people who claim to have “faith” are describing the same experience.

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In fact, my own life has been a journey through various stages of faith.

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How to Deal with Doubt

May 22, 2012

“Thank you for your sermon on doubt,” the hand-written card read. “I have struggled with this my whole life, and it is especially hard now that my husband is gone. I’m glad to know I’m not alone.”

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I am convinced the experience of this elderly widow and long-standing believer in my congregation is more typical that we know. While we generally hide it, especially around other believers, many, perhaps most, Christians experience doubt. Continue Reading ⇒

The resurrection of Jesus is our central story, meaning it is the glue that binds Christians together. Many people organize their lives around myths and legends, stories that are not historical facts. What’s different about our story is that it is true—meaning that Jesus Christ actually did rise from the dead.

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That distinction seems to be fading these days. While we state the reality of the resurrection every year at Easter, we mostly live as if this story is like Moby Dick or Lord of the Rings. It’s a great tale that teaches important lessons–but it never really happened.

If that’s the case, what’s the point of being a Christian rather than a Buddhist or a Muslim or a humanist? If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then what’s the point of having church as usual?

And it if is true that Jesus is alive, what’s the point of having church as usual? If Jesus truly is alive, shouldn’t that affect our lives to a greater degree than it seems to now? Would we live in the exact  what that we are now living if we knew for sure that we would live forever?

What about you? What practical difference would it make in your life if you were convinced that Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead