I am seeing and hearing a particular phrase show up more.  In recent conversations and articles I have read, the phrase, "children of God" is said and written.  Some are saying that all humans are "children of God".  This is regardless of whether you are a Christian or not.  This means, for these folks, that everyone is part of the family of God and are loved by God.  They are children of God, after all.

But are believers and non-believers in Jesus all "children of God"?

The answer to this question is actually easier than one might think, but has serious impact.  The Bible is clear that all people are God's creation and made in his image (Genesis 1-2, Colossians 1:16).  God loves the entire world and sent his Son, Jesus because of His love (John 3:16).

Most of us are busy.  Are you busy?  I'll bet you are.

We are very busy.  We have stuff going on.  I feel it even today.  If you are married, have smaller children, have friends, live near people or are involved in a club, you are very busy.  Your children grow and the car-pooling taxi service becomes the norm...every day.  Your breaks come at 10pm at night.  Even when we grow older, it seems that we still fill our days with lots of things to do.

Many of us have collections.  We collected rocks, stamps, baseball cards, hats, outfits or something along the way to remind us of where we have been.  I have collected shark's teeth from Florida and still have a good collection of very old and large teeth in my office.  I collected all different professional athletic cards growing up and traded them with my friends.  

A while back, I fell into collecting soccer jerseys and it stuck.

I am surprised that this post on the Emergent Church continues to be the most looked up and read blog post I have ever written.  From the surface it looks like the Emergent Church is hibernating, but from the thousands who have read this post, that is not the case.  The Emergent Church and it's principles are alive and well within local churches.

Our culture is counterfeiting Jesus.

He is not like the way all other world-views and religious systems describe him.  Buddhism, Islam, Christian Science,  Mormonism, and Unitarian Universalists say he was just a man, not the second person of the Trinity (one God, three persons).  Some think he was just a good teacher, moral guy, prophet from the past, created divine being, an angel, and something else.

I love Muslims.  I really do.

I have met many Muslims around the world and have had meaningful conversations with them.  Because of love, I long for all Muslims to open their eyes to Jesus Christ.  I want them to see the Son of God as the Savior of the World.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  I hope and pray for their sins against the wrath of God to be forgiven.  I pray for their eyes to be opened to the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

With the distant passing of celebrities in the news to close loved ones dying, eternity and mortality are being discussed everyday.

I want to shoot you straight.  I have a growing concern that more people inside and outside the church believe that everyone will be saved when it is all said and done.

With social media and our national news buzzing this morning about the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, we are faced with our own mortality.  We are fragile, broken, helpless humans and these kinds of events prove it again.

I can hardly put into words the feeling I have of celebrating two decades with my Love, Laurie.  I really am speechless.  Where has the time gone?  I remember as a little kid my parents and my parent's friends celebrating 20 years of marriage and thinking they were old. :)

Well, here we are...

This has been and continues to be an amazing journey with God.

Warning: long blog requires thinking.

I am learning about a "new" stream of belief called "Progressive Christianity."  It is not really a new idea, philosophy or angle, but maybe just one that some think should progress further down the road of developing Christianity.  The beliefs of this broad group have roots in universalism, liberalism, inclusivism, postmodernism and panentheism, with those part of the emergent church movement (and others) jumping on board the moving spiritual ship.