When Surgery is Better
Written by: Dr. Ryan Lintelman
- Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In the Gospel of Mark Jesus says "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:43-47; see also Matthew 5:29-30). What is that all about?!! I've heard many-a-sermon on the horrors of hell from this passage. Normally it goes something like, "Hell is so hot and the worms are so hungry that it's better to go to heaven blind with a stump than it is to go to hell with your whole body." It is true, hell is horrible, and if given a choice between amputation and heaven or no amputation and hell, you should go ahead and start chopping. But is this the choice that Jesus is offering in this text?
Why You + Jesus is not enough
You don't like it when the preacher gets too personal. I know you don't because you've told me as much. Well, maybe not you, but someone just like you. Or maybe they came to me for you because you didn't want to get too personal with the preacher. Whatever the case you don't like things to get personal. That is...until you are desperate, alone, searching for answers, dying to find a way. Then all of the sudden I know more about you and your business than your mother (don't worry I won't tell her). What we need to understand about our faith is this: It's Personal.
A blogpost about the struggle of life and blogging
Blogging is hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I know those mommy bloggers make it look easy with their daily tear-jerking posts about snotty noses and late night snuggles, but don’t be fooled…the struggle is real. I have been working on this blog post for two and a half weeks in two different countries. I have come up with more excuses for not writing than I have for ideas to write about (between Ecuador, the time change, and the flu epidemic in our home I have found plenty of excuses). Ideas are in short supply so one day I may find myself writing a mommy blog (awkward I know) or reviewing movies that I cannot afford to go and see (you can tell a lot from the trailers). But the struggle of writing has led me to think about the struggles of life (that’s a quick transition, I know). Why do we struggle so, and is it worth it after all?