Anxiety and depression are significant challenges for many people in our culture. Most of us know someone who has had a difficult struggle with either of these twin plagues facing our fast-paced, information-saturated, pressure-packed society.
On July 8, 1741 Jonathan Edwards wrote and delivered a sermon that was entitled ‘Sinners in the hands of an ANGRY God.’ It was part of what many have come to call the Great Awakening. The sermon focused on the wrath of God and was a well-intentioned effort to prompt people to enter the Kingdom of God by emphasizing God’s anger at sin, but according to Brian Zahnd—this effort to emphasize God’s anger with sin became God’s anger with the sinner.
In some ways, grappling with teenagers over bedtime has been a perennial rite of passage for parents. It’s developmentally appropriate, after all. Teenagers’ sleep rhythms shift around mid-adolescence and their bodies prefer staying up late and sleeping far into the day. While this adjustment is natural, it presents problems in many households because school still starts early and sleep-deprived teenagers are, well, hard to deal with in the morning.
We all know loneliness isn’t good for you. Sure, of course, there are good things about some alone time or solitude, but when it comes to prolonged isolation or loneliness, it has been shown to be a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses and even earlier mortality. It’s no wonder why God said, it’s not good for man (or woman) to be alone.
It felt impolite, even rude, to tell my friends about Jesus, as if I were breaking some unwritten rule or law. Telling people about Jesus, outside the context of a mission’s trip to a foreign country, had become something only the weird Christians did – and no one wants to be a weird Christian. Sound familiar?