RELEVANT Magazine - Even Jesus Wept Editor's Note: This week, we're revisiting the most popular webcontent on RELEVANTmagazine.com in 2011—and this one caught us by surprise. People don't want to read about being sad, right? Yet, a great number of readers passed along this article about the theology of sorrow. Many Christians see God as an emotionless deity, and tend to view their feelings, especially negative ones, as being unlike Him. But Caleb (a funeral director who knows a thing or two about the heights of emotion) reveals a God who has known the ache of loss, who empathizes with His children and can even turn suffering into something sacred.
Dads are weird. They love lame gifts from their kids. Have you seen some of the 'art' or 'paintings' dads have on their refrigerator? I swear my dog [the smart one, not the dumb one] could draw something more grand. Worst part is when dads try to show it off. Jesus likes crappy gifts. | Sammy Adebiyi
ChurchSalt | A look at modern Christianity I was reading this passage the other day and it struck me how very seldom (if ever) we hear passages like this discussed in the modern evangelical world. While I underlined a few key points that are usually missing from modern preaching, I will not offer much commentary on this other than to point out that Scripture doesn’t back up the “your best life now” notion of prosperity and blessing that has spread from the prosperity preachers into virtually all American preaching. Sorry, but it doesn’t.