It's time we faced the harsh reality that "the bride of Christ" sometimes does more to turn people away from Jesus than those who are in the world.
I've been reflecting recently on some impenetrable walls in my life, and how after pushing up against them with no effect, Jesus shows up and miraculously moves me to the other side. This epiphany called to mind the post-resurrection accounts of Jesus appearing in locked rooms, transcending spaces where his disciples had hidden in fear. [...]
It was six days until Passover. Jesus felt the weight of all that meant upon his shoulders. But not tonight. Tonight was his final respite, and he was grateful for it. And there was cause for celebration: Lazarus had been dead, but now he was alive again. His friends saw this as a miraculous, if [...]
I don't believe I have read a more compelling, faith-inspiring contemporary book than Imagine Heaven by John Burke. Heaven is not something I've spent much time thinking about during my faith walk; truth be told, I've often discounted it because it seemed like cheap grace to live this life on the promise of a future, [...]