A Hero in the Faith

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16)

We live in a celebrity culture. We value fame and reward people of fame with a certain amount of power, prestige, and possessions. Fame equals success and success equals fame. I don’t agree with that idea, and I bet you don’t either, but it impossible to deny that our culture is infatuated with fame.

The church world is not exempt from this infatuation.

We have our share of celebrities! Tim Tebow, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Joel Olsteen, Billy Graham, Matt Redmman, Toby Mac, Rob Bell, and John Piper, just to name a few.

Success, in the Christian world, is often based on the size of your church, how many books or cds you have sold, what conferences you are invited to…basically,  how famous you are, how many people know your name. Please understand, I believe most celebrity Christians don’t enjoy celebrity, and most will tell you not to look to them, but to Jesus. But we, the average Christian, celebrate celebrity.

Our attitude of celebrity is the exact opposite of Jesus’ attitude. Continue reading

A Prophet

For some, as of yet, unknown reason, I feel led to spend time reading and studying the Old Testament prophet, Amos. I have been around long enough to know that when I feel an inner pull on my heart to read (and reread) and immerse myself into a particular part of Scripture that God is preparing me for something. But right now I don’t know what that is. I have read Amos through a few times already, and even though it is an obscure book, it seems to be extremely relevant to our times. I am open to any insight any of you have about this book.

What’s on my mind this morning is Amos 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”

What do you think that means?

Who are God’s prophets today and what are they revealing about God’s plans?

Are we listening to God’s prophets, or do we make fun of them and ridicule them, just like they did in the Old Testament?

Is Pat Robertson a prophet? What about Tim Tebow? What about Steven Colbert? What about your pastor?

Is Amos 3:7 an absolute promise or something that only related to the time of Amos?

(Note: The picture is of a Russian Orthodox icon of the Prophet Amos from the 18th century.)