Unromantic men rue Valentine's Day. But today is more than a "Hallmark holiday." It's a chance to strengthen our faith and our marriages by remembering the legacy of St Valentine.
Ignatius (A.D. 30-107) was executed in the Coliseum. He wrote, "I hope indeed to have the good fortune to fight with wild beasts in Rome." He reminds us that hardship and even death are opportunities to glorify Jesus.
Psalm 20:7 says, "Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD." We look down on Israel and Judah for trusting in idols. But when we rely on marketing and remodeling our facilities to grow our churches, are we any better?
Baptism is an important part of conversion. But do we make it too important? We must be sure not to emphasize baptism more than the Bible does. Doing so makes it an idol and reduces it to a "divine dunking booth"!
Christians today uphold "free will" at any cost. They claim that denying free will reduces humans to puppets or robots. But God's free will is more important than ours. It's time to break the idol of free will.