When Will U.S. Christianity Heed Its Wakeup Call?

There are many professing believers who claim Jesus as Lord, but few who want to follow his counterintuitive teachings on living spiritually in the world. The directives Jesus gives his followers are no more specific than in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Yet,...

Why We Think We Know Whom God Blesses

The Beatitudes are not prescriptions on how to be blessed. “I need to be poor in spirit (or just plain poor) so I can be blessed” misses the point and leads to some interesting interpretations of how to live the spiritual life. It can sometimes lead us...

Lessons You Can Learn from Anti-Beatitudes

What insight would be gained from reversing the beatitudes or blessings Jesus offers in the Sermon on the Mount? I was researching the Beatitudes for a sermon a few years ago when I came across the writings of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) who had done just that....

What Does It Mean to Be Salt and Light?

Few other passages are as instrumental in shaping my personal understanding of Christian witness as Matthew 5:13-16, which calls Christians to be salt and light through their good deeds. Jesus’ seemingly simple statement in Matthew 5:13 has long mystified...