Category: Thinking Christianly

Grace in Horrific Times

There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, more than ever before in history. There are more natural disasters occurring than ever before in recorded history. There is a growing spirit of division among people, as evidenced in current discourse, events, politics and elections. So much of this division seems fueled…

Both Wise and Innocent

Photo ©David Lawton

As the world seems to get smaller, do you feel more and more powerless? We continue to believe that each individual—and each group—makes a difference. What we do, how we think, our actions and prayers—along with the currents of God’s purposes and the showers of his love—cause ripples that can bring lasting change for well-being in our world.

“I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil….The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:19-20)

Quiet, Strong, and Positive Social Justice

Take a break from the constant mind-feed and, instead, consider anew the real people around us, consider our own decisions and thoughts and actions and how we might do some good in the world. Maybe that could be social justice. And maybe it would be quiet and strong and positive, acknowledging the imperfections—not only of the injustice-doers, but of the world generally, and especially ourselves.

Better than Destruction and Despising

I’m starting a series of guest posts from authors. Today we hear from John Buzzard, whose first book, Storm Tossed, is a war memoir (of more than one kind of warfare). As John shows here, we humans have a tendency to embrace “us and them” attitudes. We point fingers and condemn, when Jesus says to…

Eternal Snows and A Sacrifice of Love

Soon after we moved from California to Colorado, we had a blizzard during Easter week—a new experience for me. Pure white snow covered the ground when I wanted spring color to dot the landscape. But during that holy week, the pervasive, gleaming whiteness began taking on significance and speaking to my heart. The words of…

Judy Pex on Caring for Sudanese Refugees

How are we to think about the Refugee Crises in the world? Here’s a good example of responding to an influx of refugees. This Christian couple living in Israel saw new people groups come and responded immediately with God’s love.

Afflict the Comfortable?

The famous newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer is said to have had this motto: “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Do you think this is a good motto for a Christian writer? And maybe for a Christian reader? Jesus gave comfort to the afflicted. He saw the real needs of individuals and responded in love and…

A Christian Writer’s “Wildly Unbalanced Life”

I hear writers bemoan the demands and distractions in their days (including technology) and how hard it is for them to achieve balance in their lives. Perhaps you’ve felt that, too. You’re working at the computer and think you’ll just check Facebook for a few minutes. An hour later, you wonder where the time went.…

Easter is the Reason

Easter (that is, Jesus’ resurrection) is the reason why I … have hope in the future. find prayer, praise, and song rising from within me. must also die but can also truly live. desire to tell others about the empty tomb. have something worth telling/writing about. want to publish the Good News!

Cladach Authors Reflect the Body of Christ

Cladach authors come from various streams of the body of Christ: Baptist, Nazarene, Evangelical Presbyterian, Anglican, Vineyard, Christian Church,  Assembly of God, Salvation Army, Messianic, Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical Free, etc. We seek to have agreement on the essentials of the Faith, liberty in non-essentials, and in all things love! Do you follow Wesley? Calvin? Wimber?…