7 BILLION LOVED!

On October 31, 2011 the world’s population officially reaches 7 billion.  That means 7 billion persons loved passionately, relentlessly, and sacrificially in ways beyond our merely human comprehension.  To mark this notable “milestone,” here are a few other “theodemographical” reflections. 7 billion exceeds my mind’s grasp.  Much of the world’s population concentrates in a relatively few places, however, and I am regularly in some of those places, such as Lagos, Nigeria with its 25 plus million and nearby Ibadan with its 26 plus million.  By any measure, these two cities are mega-cities, filled with teeming masses of humanity, and yet even they combined are dwarfed by 7 billion! In the world’s mega-cities so many people have no place and scant …

WHAT IF JESUS CLEANED HOUSE AGAIN?

What would happen if Jesus, son of God, did it again with respect to the Temple?  What if he overturned the platforms on which purveyors of religious amusement or liturgical diversion plied their trades?  What if he put a strict quarantine on what should be, what in fact has been dedicated as, holy precincts, at least for a time no longer allowing anyone to pass through as they’d become accustomed?  What if Jesus did it in protest of the many ways those who name and claim him as Lord and Savior refuse to follow him all the way home, to the place he has planned, organized, suffered and died for, in order that it might become a gathering space for …

On Avoiding Default, Fighting Terror and Following Jesus

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life … “ (John 14:6).  Christ followers claim to believe it, or him.  In the current climate of tolerance and political correctness followers of Jesus will respectfully but firmly insist that Jesus’ way is the way like no other, that doing it Jesus’ way gets us to the core of what is real and alive, and that following Jesus’ way is not only a good idea but is wise, beautiful, right and the best hope of good for all.  We who follow Christ really believe it. And yet … do we really believe it?  Is Jesus’ way helpful, saving, game-changing in matters transcending our own immediate  personal living, in matters …