Jesus’ Third Way

Jesus does not urge stoic passivity, which can be a cloak for weakness. He summons us to the kind of active resistance rooted in love that reveals pure strength of character. Anyone can strike back. It doesn't require great strength to retaliate. Jesus’ third way is not for the weak, but exclusively for the meek. …

Is Meekness Weakness?

The meek live to serve and long to bridle their lust for power. “The ‘politics’ of the Kingdom, says Scott Bessenecker, “has more to do with meekness, submission and dying to self than it does with exercising authority to increase my share in this life (emphasis mine).” Some outside observers evaluate all these counterintuitive commands …

Unrestricted Love

Loving our “own kind” and those who already love us is easy love. Where’s the “surpassing righteousness” or reward in that? It brings God maximum glory when our love is as expansive as his. I admit that the enemy-love message is not exactly what you’d call “attractional.” Sadly, it’s easier to gather a crowd with …

Jesus or Ayn Rand?

Twentieth century philosopher Ayn Rand wrote: “Every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of …