Why Does Jesus Confront Me With Sin and Make Me Feel Guilty?

The persecutor had become the persecuted.  Saul, a vehement enemy of the “Way” (as early believers in Christ were called), was defending the very cause he once opposed. Saul had changed – his life, his words, even his name! What prompted such a turnaround? Paul’s conversion story is told more than once in Luke’s detailed, historical account of the early church (the book of Acts). Back then, he was known as Saul. He was a respected, educated, and cultured man, whose zealous desire to defend the Law of God compelled him to… Read More

Good Grief

I don’t like the feeling of grief, but that hasn’t kept it from being a a part of my life at times.  Last night I watched the movie Inside Out, which depicts feelings as individual personalities all vying for control. Not only was I entertained, I was stirred by the profound (and positive!) effect that “Sadness” had in this little girl’s life.  Grief is best known for its role when one experiences death or devestating loss; but I have also felt grief as it accompanied my recognition and remorse of my wrongdoings. … Read More