Is Anxiety Wrong?

Anxiety is on our radar a lot these days. It is a very real and rising reality of our time. But for the Christian, just as with the emotions of fear and anger, the eyes of disdain can easily look down upon anxiety. We aren’t supposed to experience this stuff. It means something is wrong with us. Continue reading

Slavery & Suffering in 1 Peter

Vlog

Our church is currently doing a vlog series entitled “Five Minutes in 1 Peter.” I’ve done the past two, which take a look at 1 Peter 2:18-25.

Now, this passage addresses a very difficult issue, especially in light of today’s race reckoning in America. Peter speaks about how slaves are to act toward their masters, without ever stating, “End slavery now!” He then goes on to offer how they may faithfully suffer in the midst of harsh treatment.

All I can say is: Yikes!
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Racial Conversations

This past Sunday, our church (Renewal Memphis) changed things up a bit and offered a time of “conversation.”

Our pastor began with a short teaching from Phil 4:1-4, and he then interviewed a mixed couple from our church (husband is black, wife is white). With this, the couple were able to share a bit of their story and experiences, especially in light of our present-day challenges in America.

I appreciated this real-life stuff very much. Continue reading