Going Deeper

Bubbles rising up from the deep ocean

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

[1]~ Richard Foster

We have become a shallow culture.

This is not shocking news or a groundbreaking comment. We have become shallow in ways not easily noticed. I’m not necessarily referring to how vain or petty we have become. My concern for this generation is that we are losing something of our humanity.

We are losing our capacity for patient conversations. We live on an emotional edge, waiting for anything mildly offensive to make us fly off the handle. Our calendars are overloaded, our minds are cluttered, and our spaces over-stuffed with things we don’t need. Our souls are heavy, our emotions thin, and our relationships superficial. The things that make for meaning and purpose and joy in life are ignored and overlooked.

I believe the Church is the carrier of the one solution to the mire of cultural dehumanization: Jesus. More specifically, I believe the Church is called to lead the way in seeing people transformed by Jesus, discipling people in the way of the new Man, the true way to be human.

This is what I am obsessed with: seeing people transformed by Jesus. I started this blog as a way to put thoughts and conversations out there that do not fit into short posts. I want others to join me on the journey of becoming deep people.

I rarely have short or quick thoughts. I have been poor at posting witty or clever, or even profound, thoughts on social media. It’s just not me. There are incredible Christian leaders that can post such wise and profound thoughts in short social media posts. I respect them. I am not them.

This blog is an avenue to explore ideas and thoughts that hopefully contribute to moving beyond the shallows of our superficial culture. If you have desired the same, then stay tuned for more posts here.

[1] Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, ch.1, pg. 1

Posted on: 01.24.2021
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Jacob Sheriff has had such radical encounters with the power of God that seeing people transformed by Jesus has become his life’s mission. Click here to learn more.

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