All posts tagged: our identity as a child of God

The Big Question

There are some really big questions out there. In every area of expertise there are people who sit around and discuss these questions. Science is discovering that it knows less and less about the origins of the universe and all that this entails as it asks more and more questions. Questions are everywhere. Most conversations we have are questions. Even going to the store involves questions. “How are you?” Will that be everything for you today?” We use questions to be polite but we could ask questions to discover things about each other. Good questions cut through the superficial judgments we make every day. We also judge people by the way we look. Our clothes seem to speak loudly to each other. When I wear a suit and have my hair perfect and walk into a room carrying a briefcase, I am treated much differently than when I wear my regular clothes or my work clothes. There’s a saying that clothes make the man. They certainly make the image of the man. Then there is …

How Langton messed up what Jesus meant

You have probably never heard of Stephen Langton, but as a Christian you are very familiar with his work and have undoubtedly used it hundreds of times. Langton was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury between 1150 and 1228 AD. About a year before he died, Langton created the chapter system that we use in the Old and New Testament today. It was first incorporated in the Wycliffe Bible in 1382 AD and basically used ever since. The verse break down was not created until 1555. Though the chapter and verse system has proven extremely beneficial over the years, the chapter divisions created by Langton have some very horrid breaks, tearing apart stories that were obviously intended to be together. Because of their very nature, chapter breaks suggest what is found in one chapter is not directly related to what appears in the following. Such is the case of what happens between Matthew 3 and 4. In Matthew chapter 4, we have the record of Satan’s temptation of Jesus. But there is a particularly insidious …

Who Are You?

One of my favorite crime shows, CSI, has a theme song that goes: “Who are you? Who, who, who, who?” Oddly enough it a song by a band called The Who. So who are you? Are you the same in public as in private? Are you really what you do? Basically we hide our true self while presenting what we think is a more acceptable self to others. This protects us from getting hurt and hurting others. At least that is the rationale. But doesn’t this just exaggerate fear? I mean the longer I hide myself the more I fear someone will see the real me and never ever stop slapping me. I even want to slap myself sometimes. Fear prevents us from being who we really are, so we often hide behind performance, jobs, looks, and other things the world tells us equals success. Don’t believe me? Remember how anxious you were the last time you had a bad hair day? This is all about your identity. Who you are is a fundamental question …