Archive for the ‘Op Ed’ Category

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Model Behavior

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

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I recently took on an art project which entailed recreating game boards to serve as visual aids for a sermon series. One of the games being referenced was Hasbro’s Sorry.

Most kids my age grew up playing board games. Our family, like most having little, didn’t experience the luxury of variety. My brothers and I would play the same game over and over. It wasn’t until years later at someone else’s house I discovered not everyone shared my family’s enthusiasm for playing the same game repeatedly. When our host packed up the board after a single game, I was sent into a state of confusion from withdrawals. I never played anything just once. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hammer or the Nail

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th June 2012 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

Most people wake up in the morning and have a cup of coffee. If they do not make it themselves they go out and get one, but who takes the time to enjoy it? Who employs even the least amount of expectation by saying to the cashier, “I’ll enjoy a cup of coffee please.” We will make it. We will get it. We will take it, all of which confirms our priority is set on attainment and not enjoyment.

If we do not get our first cup of coffee just the way we like it, it can trigger a chain reaction of unfortunate events which could turn our day, week or life into a turbulent sea. There is nothing wrong with reacting to a situation, however, when we mix being short-fused with stubbornness and pour it into the cup of a stagnant caffeinated routine, what we end up with is a volatile cocktail. Read the rest of this entry »

Driving Relationships

Posted by John Lindsay on 27th January 2012 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

Most people would agree the quality of communication determines the strength of a relationship. Because today’s communication is technologically more advanced than ever before, we take for granted our relationships are as secure as our internet connection. We have an ever increasing number of social networking options to keep us abreast of the topics, issues and players who influence our world. And that is good, right?

The strength of an economy is based on transactions. Transactions are based on relationships. Relationships are based on trust. If this is true, then strong relationships should equate to a strong economy. If our relationships are as solid as we think, why is it now, at the pinnacle of the information age, with more means of staying connected than any generation before, we find ourselves in the midst of an economic crisis? But is the economic crunch affecting our trust or the trust factor affecting the economic condition? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Say Thanks

Posted by John Lindsay on 25th November 2011 in Christian Articles, Op Ed

Not much can be done when two ungodly intellectuals argue over what does not matter. There is an old German proverb which reminds us, “Don’t teach a pig how to sing – It wastes your time and annoys the pig.” If, however, I notice a godly person arguing with an ungodly soul, I sense the godly being coerced into using the same pseudo-intellectual jockeying as their ungodly opponent.

The educated Christian community has long failed to apply the truth of 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 which instructs believers to confound the self-professed wise with foolish things. So, before we get sucked into another futile debate with another non-believer, why not consider using the following foolishness as a defense and ask, “Why do you say please and thank you?” They will either not know or they will scramble for an incorrect response which will force them to consider, if they can be so uncertain about something so simple, how can they be so certain about things more complex? Read the rest of this entry »