Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Domesticating Jesus

"Many of us see the challenges before us and want God to make everything easy.  We want the Jesus of our best life now to give us a blanket and some hot cocoa, not send us out into a fearsome world . . . We have domesticated [Jesus] and left him a pale and weak reflection of himself.  The Jesus of Scripture is radically different from this Messiah of our own imagining." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Faithful, Not Fearful

"God doesn't want his people to be fearful, but faithful,.  He's not trying to cool us down, but to heat us up. Biblical faith isn't reckless or careless.  It is trusting, confident, and fearless because it is grounded in almighty God."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bring It On

"According to medical experts, if we experience too much stress, we become great candidates for a heart attack.  Too little, though, and we may end up a puddle on the floor. Just the right amount aimed at at truly meaningful goal is actually really good for you.  That's true spiritually as well as physically.  It's not the absence of any challenge that will invigorate your life and mine; it's the presence of the right one."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Never Fear

"We don't know what the Lord has in store for us.  He does, of course.  He holds his people in his hand,  He never risks.  he is never caught off guard.  Our lives are utterly secure in him, because he is security itself.  He knows the future, and he directs it perfectly according to his will."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oddly Delighted

"We should be marked as a people of joy.  When we say to the supermarket clerk that we're members of an area congregation, he or she should instinctively think of us as people who seem oddly delighted by God.  That's what we want our identity to be." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Is The Church?

"But what is the local church, then?  Well, first and foremost, it's a group devoted to worshiping the living God according to his inerrant Word, the Bible.  It's an outpost for weary people burdened by sin to meet God and be transformed by him."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Aim High In Marriage

"So set your sights high.  Have the goal of building a six-decade marriage.  Pray for a spouse, and ask God to give you a union that puts the gospel on display in the midst of a fallen world.  You don't merely want to find someone to pass the time with.  You want a fellow traveler to love and to go on a great quest with, one that will require the two of you to give every ounce of energy an passion you have to one another."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel