“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him” Romans 12:1 (The Message).
The landscape of modern evangelicalism is riddled with curious ideas of faith. One of the most prevalent is the idea of “extraordinary” faith.
This past Sunday during our morning worship service, we had a guest speaker in the pulpit. His name was Steve Marshall, and he was a French church planter who was in the U.S. for a brief period of time to follow up with his supporters.
I grew up in a small cotton farming community. Everyone knew everyone and out-of-towners were treated with grave skepticism and curiosity. I learned to fish, hunt, change my own oil, and never treat my neighbor like a stranger.
I have 4 generations of photographers in my family. I grew up fascinated by the smell of the chemicals and the process of developing in the leaky dark room of the old Frederick Press newspaper building where I would frequently accompany my mom and grandfather.
Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.
To live is to suffer. To survive is to find some meaning in the midst of the suffering.
“The fruit of the Spirit is not a coconut”. Lyrics from a children’s worship song about spiritual fruit are the first thing that came to mind when I began considering this topic.