Blessed are the Broke

The narcissist has no redemptive influence on a culture that is already obsessed with itself. He can’t fit others into his heart because it’s already full of himself. He has fabricated his own role in life to write, produce, direct, and star in his own autobiographical docudrama. He only reaches out to others when he …

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. …

The Collective “Ouch!”

Blessed are those who mourn. Jesus neither instructs us to drown in our sorrows in perpetual melancholy nor to drown our sorrows in the intoxicants of happy thoughts and positive confessions. Many, while failing to weep with the Father over his broken beloveds, buoy themselves by singing victory choruses and filling their pockets with promise …

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 …

Attitudes We Ought To Be Havin’ (Especially These Days)

Notice these are “BE-attitudes,” that is be this way, which is quite different than saying “do these things.” Okay, that’s a bit of a lexical stretch, but you get my point. In each case he says, “Blessed are those who are…” These are attitudes. And an attitude isn’t something you do, at least not in …

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