Mind the Beast – The Dangerous Pursuit of Justice
Mar06

Mind the Beast – The Dangerous Pursuit of Justice

So many of our discussions about ” justice ” today are really discussions about what basic rights human beings possess. These are weighty, passionate discussions that must be had with enormous care. I am one who thinks good Christian people can disagree on lots of these issues and make a legitimate biblical case for their positions. There’s space for disagreement on a variety of issues. I certainly have my opinions...

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Are Mary and Martha Fighting Again?
Jan11

Are Mary and Martha Fighting Again?

Recently, it seems en vogue to diminish the role of the Sunday assembly in the name of supposedly more Kingdom-oriented things. If you’ll allow me to caricature a bit–some churches see themselves as revolutionary by canceling Sunday services and heading out into their communities to serve–where the church will actually do someone some good–rather than huddling together by themselves to serve themselves and yada...

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Just Thanksgiving
Nov25

Just Thanksgiving

Near the corner of 4th and Orange in Long Beach, California, sits the Long Beach Seniors Center. 32 years ago, the Los Altos Church of Christ in Long Beach, California began serving Thanksgiving dinner to the lonely, tired, poor and forgotten Senior Citizens of Long Beach. I was four years old when we started. 32 years later, I still love doing it. My daughters have been doing it since they were born–the tradition continues....

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Seeking Vengeance or Justice?
Jul25

Seeking Vengeance or Justice?

Learning to forgive those who wrong you is one of the more difficult virtues to cultivate. The desire for revenge is one of the most robust and typical human emotions. Our movies, our music, our books–they reflect this. Vigilantism is a great American past-time. I admit openly many of my favorite movies have the plot-line of “justice being served” or someone getting what’s coming to them. Gladiator, True Grit,...

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I Love Taxes!

Who doesn't love paying taxes? Pretty much everyone. Other than the occasional "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's" sermon, we Christians don't think very much about taxes. We do have thoughts on government initiatives, but it seems we spend very little time thinking about the question, "At what cost?" Some may assert that cost doesn't matter. I would argue it does…especially if the cost will be...

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