Posts by University Church of Christ

Posts by University Church of Christ

In One Ear…

As a child, I invoked my share of parental correction. Dad’s belt was no stranger to me. Not that I loved to disobey, but I usually became distracted during my chores. On the way to feed the chickens, I might spy a pink hula-skirt mimosa flower and begin spinning it between my fingers. Then I would start throwing horse apples into the pasture. I’d go to the house to wash the sticky horse apple “milk” off my hands. While washing…

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty

It is here. The next step in the evolution of University to better serve the God who has saved us. When Bob Turner came to University to help streamline the work and focus of the church, he left us with several recommendations. One was to organize Focus Groups that would muster Christians to serve the Kingdom. Since brother Turner was here, the elders have sought to follow his advice and organize the Focus Groups. Eight areas of focus have been…

Fashion Tips from God

The unpredictable world of fashion is often difficult to keep up with. One week, it is good to wear plaid and the next week we are considered fashion illiterate if we wear plaid. Fashion tips help shape this culture. If fashonistas declare tight clothes are in, teens will flock to the malls and buy “spray-on” clothes. In a few months, the heads of fashion will turn and the malls will be inundated with the fashion conscious again. Fashion shows and…

Faith and a ’66 Chevy

It was a light blue 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air. He bought it in good condition. In his mind, it was impeccable. His vision included a renovated racer that turned heads and deafened ears. The only hindrance was his lack of knowledge about cars. Not only could he not fix it up, but he also couldn’t keep it up. He used cheap gas, drove recklessly, and never changed the oil. One day, he called for help—he was stranded on the side…

Persecuted

Atticus Finch, Harper Lee’s protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird, became the paragon of morality in a culture of revolution. When the book first appeared, America was in the throes of social upheaval, the civil rights movement was gaining traction, and Lee’s character, Finch, was the symbol of moral valor. His ethical code stimulated many young readers who identified with and wanted to emulate him. As with any moral character in literature, he faced a daunting dilemma—his was to defend…

Seeking Peace

Henry Dunant looked out his window at the streets of Solferino, Italy in 1859. War gripped the town as Italians, Austrians, and French soldiers fought each other with violent hate. Not content with idleness, Dunant organize aid workers to attend to the soldiers who lay wounded and dying or already dead. He refused to identify whether a soldier was an ally or enemy, instead offering solace, comfort, and medical attention to any combatant in need. Later, Dunant recommended that all…

Singleness of Heart

Late in his ministry, Paul lamented the departure of Demas, “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (2 Tim 4:10). Our modern sensibilities are shocked to hear that Demas went from a co-greeter in the letters to Colossae and Philemon to having deserted the mission in only a few years. What happened to Demas? What led him astray? Paul gives an insight when he says Demas was “in love with this present…

Racism, America and God

Ferguson, Charleston, and Minneapolis have become synonymous with racial strife and flashpoints for debate. To the shortsighted, racism has plagued America since its birth. According to these people, we walk on ground saturated with the blood of racial violence, and recent events continue to fertilize the fruits of racism. But these claims are simplistic and misleading. Racism has dogged humanity since the tower of Babel. The division of languages forced separation and developed new cultures in isolated regions (Gen 11:9).…

Meet the Need

Mercy defined the Savior’s life and mission. From lepers to sinners, he had compassion on those in need—even when they didn’t know their need. In his mercy, he offered health and life, and taught his disciples to do the same. Even now his gauntlet lays before us, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Mat. 5:7). Mercy? The Romans didn’t show it. Their philosophy of “no quarter” led to cruel measures to keep order in occupied Palestine. The…

Spiritual Hunger

When God breathed life into Adam, he became a living soul and body (Gen. 2:7). When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, access to the tree of life was cut off and death entered into the world (Gen. 3:24; Rom. 5:12-14). Man’s creatureliness and frailty were revealed when the paradise of Eden was lost. Earth became hostile to human life. At the fall, tragedy entered the world. Where once no disease was known, plagues appeared. Where once no calamity threatened, natural…

Take the Hit

When Jesus came to the earth, the world was dominated by the Roman Empire. Israel had been subjugated for 60 years and longed for a reprieve, and most of the Jews looked for the Messiah to usher in the peace. The prophets had promised it and the people wanted it. The Jewish people were divided about what they expected. The Pharisees were the religious people, and they wanted a miracle-wielding Messiah that would call down God’s power on Rome. The…

Something to Cry About

Our culture seems to be getting more sensitive. I remember my mother teaching me, “Sticks and stones may break my bone, but words will never hurt me.” She sought to prepare me for an offensive world. People say mean, insensitive things, and as a chunky kid I had to be prepared to endure the insults. However, many have abandoned the pursuit of thick skin, and instead are trying to make the world inoffensive. Protests, wailing, and weeping abound as people…