A pastor for 18 years, Emerson writes extensively on the topics of faith, relationships, the workplace and more
Misunderstanding 'Your Truth': The Consequences of Hasty Reactions [Video]
The phrase “your truth or my truth” is a popular phrase right now. However, the essence of this phrase is quite timeless. When I was in college in the seventies, I had hair that resembled the shape of a motorcycle helmet. I had too many outfits that included fringe. That era was about “finding truth, baby,” or “being real, man.”
Is Lying, Cheating, And Stealing For Self-Serving Reasons Ever Worth It In The End? [Video]
Sarah and I recently traveled to Paris to see our daughter, where we stayed in an Airbnb rental about an hour away from the city. At one point during our stay, our daughter, Joy, asked the rental owners about the possibility of swapping homes with them for a weekend at some point.
According to Jesus He Lived a Sinless Life
Despite indisputable, clear-as-day confirmations from multiple New Testament writers—including Peter, one of Jesus’ best friends—that Jesus lived a sinless life, research from the Barna Group reveals that 43 percent of the current Western population believe that Jesus Christ sinned while on earth.
Seeing Past Regrets in a New Light
Does a follower of Christ have legitimate, biblical reasons to have regrets in life? I encourage you to pause before you answer that. Focus on the word “regrets.” Yes, like all of us, you have made a few decisions in life you later wished you had not.
A Forgiving Spirit Safeguards Our Well-Being and Influences Others
Rarely do we consider forgiveness much of an issue in our life until something happens that leaves us feeling wronged and offended. It is in these times when we discover something about ourselves and our default reactions. We feel hurt, angry, and resentful. We feel the other does not deserve forgiveness.
Do Intellectuals, Wardens, Social Workers, and Doctors Understand Unconditional Respect?
In Stanford’s educational series, we read, “In the literature of moral and political philosophy, the notion of respect for persons commonly means a kind of respect that all people are owed morally just because they are persons, regardless of social position, individual characteristics or achievements, or moral merit.” Respect regardless! Wait. What? No!
During This Present Distress: Embrace Christ's Care, Call, and Comfort
In C. S. Lewis’s classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn that in the land of Narnia it’s “always winter but never Christmas.” Can you, like me, connect with that line in a whole new way, here in the middle of this pandemic and the resulting quarantine? Do you feel as though you are in round-the-clock adversity and anguish, with no end in sight of a happy celebration? Is your new normal starting to feel like Narnia—always winter but never Christmas?
Did God CAUSE the Coronavirus, Suffering, and Death?
Many if not nearly everyone is asking the question "Did God cause the coronavirus? And if He did not directly cause it, why did He allow it?" Of course, some of us are not asking that question since we have settled in our minds to trust Christ in the face of what we don't understand. But do we have a maturing child asking this question? Is a friend throwing this question at us: "Why doesn't God stop this!?"
What I Am Grateful for This Year
In the larger scheme of things, what I'm particularly grateful for this year is no big deal to many. And that’s actually my point. I had cataract surgery. In addition to the cataract, I had an astigmatism that made it difficult for me to see through eyeglasses.