Month: June 2011

Does a Mob Mentality Diminish Sin?

“Everybody’s doing it.” It’s a phrase that usually receives the sharp retort of parent to child, “If everybody were jumping off a cliff, would you do it too?” Perhaps the action in question is replaced by “setting themselves on fire“, but you get the idea. It is an appropriate (and frighteningly accurate) question I think. …

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…Made Likable

Jesus came to give His life so that we might live…to change our thinking about what it means to love others…and like others…to show us how to hold out hope that the unlikable can become likable as they are transformed into the image of Christ just as we hold out hope that we can change …

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Unlikable…

I don’t ever recall my own mother saying it, but many have told me it was a well-worn creed in their home that, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” Incomplete if not poor advice since it suggests that “not bothering about” someone that we don’t care for, by …

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Disliking Some People

There are certainly examples of tense relationships in the New Testament: Jesus and the religious leaders; Paul and John Mark; John the Baptist and Herod. Throughout the 1st Century church there existed strained relationships and dislike between two parties holding different points of view. But do all people who would say “I just don’t like …

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