"I touch the future. I teach."
Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who lost her life in the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger
Who has invested in you? Who has God placed in your life to form you into the person you are today? Who are you investing in? Who are you teaching and influencing? Who is your future? Who will one day say, "God used . . . to make me who I am today."
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; I Timothy 1:1; II Timothy 2:1-2
Part of being a pastor is listening. The question of the month is a way for me to listen to you. Each month, a question will be asked from a broad range of topics. I invite you to respond freely and honestly. I may comment on responses, but I will never publish names or information.
"Uncle Sam is a friendly old man, but he has a spine of steel."
- President Ronald Reagan describing the American character to the Soviets.
The perception exists in our society that Christians are just (or should be) really nice people. They are the Ned Flanders, the nice guys, the "friendly old man." As much as there should be a friendliness to Christians, there is also a steel spine. A "Jesus-turning-tables-in-the-temple" steel spine. Or like Paul who braved shipwrecks, torture, and poverty in order to take the gospel worldwide. Faith takes guts. Responding to Jesus' words, "Follow me" is risky. Our compassion is accompanied by courage, and our service by strength.