Each year, the Colson Center gathers with Christians from across the country for an event named in abolitionist William Wilberforce’s honor. The Wilberforce Weekend will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 13-15. This year’s conference will explore, from a variety of angles, the scale and scope of God’s redemptive work in Jesus Christ.
Each year, the Colson Center gathers with Christians from across the country for an event named in abolitionist William Wilberforce’s honor. The Wilberforce Weekend will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 13-15. This year’s conference will explore, from a variety of angles, the scale and scope of God’s redemptive work in Jesus Christ. Our goal will be to see all of life as redeemed by Christ. Together, we’ll explore how Christ is best understood, not just as our personal Savior (though He is), but also as the center of reality. This means recognizing the essential links between who Christ is and creation, redemption, the kingdom of God, and all of history.
Distraction is the primary way that Westerners tend to cope with the prospect of death, and it takes many forms. A five-hundred-billion dollar beauty industry glamorizes youth and promises immortality. A thriving commercial economy allows us to pursue our dreams to the extent that was impossible for most people throughout human history. We may have a God-shaped hole in our hearts, but the sheer variety of stuff available keeps us occupied in trying to fill it. And, when death finally comes, we can outsource it to the professionals: care homes, hospice workers, and morticians.
Many wrongly assume that God's presence has to do with judgment rather than blessing. Is God's presence good or bad? Both … It's frightening in regard to judgment, "The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence" (Isaiah 91:1), but it's very good in relation to His presence in the life of a believer.
A common question for many is, "Can I lose my salvation?" I've heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person's heart, but I can share a few thoughts. There is a debate because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away. There should be a healthy tension between God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism, or theological superiority.
Nas may have perfected the art of creative outrage, but his narcissistic behavior has done nothing to prevent the numbness within his soul. Like you, me, and the two thieves on the crosses beside Jesus, Nas has an opportunity to rise above being Satan's boy toy. That's precisely why Jesus gave His life for us, which we celebrate at Easter.
Over the weekend, Senator and pastor Raphael Warnock stirred up theological controversy when he asserted in a now-deleted tweet that the meaning of Easter involves more than Jesus' resurrection and that by helping others, "we are able to save ourselves."