Not of This World

My Work-Life Balance

My Work-Life Balance

As Christians, we live as strangers and aliens in a culture of contradictions. Of course, that’s been the theme of this entire series. We’ve attempted to answer an important question: “How do we live for Christ in a world in which we’re constantly being pulled in a different direction?”

Here’s the question for today: Do you live to work or do you work to live? We live in a world in which people typically err on one of two extremes when it comes to the illusive work-life balance.

In My Workplace

In My Workplace

When Julie and I first got out of college, we helped with a new church plant in a suburb of Washington D.C. During that time, the church could not pay me, so I worked a few different jobs while we lived there. One of those jobs was in the keyboard department at a big music store in the area. One of the guys who worked there with me was obviously different from everyone else. His work was exemplary. He worked hard, and he did his work very well.  He also had extraordinary character.  He treated customers and co-workers with unusual kindness and humility.  But there was something more than that. 

My Closest Christian Friendships

My Closest Christian Friendships

Do your closest Christian friendships resemble the relationships you observe in your favorite sitcoms?

Think about it. What do you observe in the relationships sitcom characters share? They’re almost entirely based upon deceit. Sitcom plots are mostly about the lies the characters tell one another (and themselves) and how they navigate through the resulting issues in 22 minutes. TV friendships are transactional. Characters primarily value their friendships for what they can get from them or how they make them feel.

In My Neighborhood

In My Neighborhood

When I was a kid, I lived out in the country in Iowa. We often had people from our church over to our house for supper, games, etc., but I don't remember us ever having our neighbors over for supper.

It seems like that is a pretty common thing in modern America. It's not often that neighbor have each other come into their homes to hang out. So, when we consider ways that Christians can be different from the world, hospitality is a great way to be countercultural!

What Does this Mean in My Home?

What Does this Mean in My Home?

In the hours immediately preceding his crucifixion, Jesus prayed for his disciples and for all who would come to faith in him because of their testimony:

I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (John 17:14-18, New International Version)