Episode 142: Justice, Faithfulness, Generosity and Persuasion

Proverbs 25:9-15

 

9 If you take your neighbor to court,

   do not betray another’s confidence,

10 or the one who hears it may shame you

   and the charge against you will stand.

 

Taking someone to court is no small matter. If our testimony is somehow comprised, the tables may be turned and we might be the one who is prosecuted. Instead, we should seek reconciliation and restoration before seeking vindication or vengeance (Matthew 5:25-26). Continue reading “Episode 142: Justice, Faithfulness, Generosity and Persuasion”

What Color Is the Carpet?

Imagine that you walk into a room full of people and say something as innocuous as “My, what beautiful blue carpet.”

 

To your surprise, someone responds, “Where I come from, they call this color red, not blue. In the interest of diversity, I request that you respect my position.”

 

Hearing this, a man in a white lab coat replies, “You know, colors aren’t real—they’re just perceptions in the brain formed by electrical impulses from the optic nerve. Who’s to say if the carpet has any color at all.”

 

A woman holding a white cane then says, “I’ve been blind since birth and Continue reading “What Color Is the Carpet?”

The Adulterous Heart (Matthew 5:27-30)

The 7th Commandment prohibits married people from having sex outside their covenant relationship. But this commandment is ultimately not about adultery; rather, it’s about marriage.

What does this law tell us about the Law-Giver? In Genesis, we read that God created humanity—male and female—in his divine image. Throughout Scripture, marriage is revered as an exclusive, legal, lifelong covenant between a man and a woman that forms the basis for the family. Later in the New Testament, the apostle Paul will declare that marriage is actually a picture of the mutual selflessness that characterizes the love that Christ and the Church have for one another.

God ordained the deep intimacy of marriage—expressed in the “one flesh mystery” of sex—as the setting where a husband and wife learn to give themselves fully to each other. The Holy Spirit uses the radical honesty and faithfulness required in marriage to transform our character. As we learn to live interdependently rather than insist on our own way, we become Continue reading “The Adulterous Heart (Matthew 5:27-30)”