God can be trusted to guide his people directly through the gospel as interpreted in their context by the Holy Spirit. Really, this is the only way to defend the gospel and the community it produces.
This simple story that can be stated in a sentence is the full revelation of God.
Would you buy alien invasion insurance? A recent Gallup poll revealed that a significant percentage of Americans believe that aliens have visited the earth. Even so, I bet alien invasion insurance would be a tough sell especially if the premiums were very high. Two factors mitigate its appeal. Nobody’s ever experienced one. Aliens might be…… Continue reading Sprung – Galatians 1:3b-5
The citizens of God’s new society are free from the conforming pressures of culture because the culture of God’s kingdom is unity in diversity.
We must become free from our community to become good, but we become good to contribute to our community.
I’ll confess that I’ve struggled to write this series. I almost feel like one of those people who critique Mother Teresa for not doing more community development. Even if God didn’t exactly mean for us to mimic the details of Jesus’ life, surely aspiring to be more like Jesus can’t be a bad thing. Or…… Continue reading A Christlike Enigma -DDWJWD Final
We must stop asking, “What would Jesus do?” if we’re going to become like Jesus.
The WWJD fad flamed out almost two decades ago, so why talk about it? While people no longer wear the plethora of merchandise, the ideal lives on. In fact, the teaching that Jesus, as he’s presented in the Gospels, ought to serve as the believer’s true north has made a resurgence over the past ten…… Continue reading Crazy Radical Legalism – DDWJWD Part 6
Of course, there’s about as much danger of everybody “doing what Jesus would do” as there is of everybody Wanging Chung. Jesus was an outlier even in his day. Really doing what Jesus would do would require everyone to quit their jobs, spend forty days in wilderness prayer and fasting, preach itinerantly trusting God for…… Continue reading What Would Jesus Don’t – DDWJWD Part 5
Even if millions of Jesus clones could somehow produce a functioning society, his example would still fail to address the vast array of choices and experiences even within the life of one individual. Consider this admittedly-hard-to-follow quote from the singular mind of John Oman: But, when we imagine that we can finally direct our lives…… Continue reading Multiple Personality Design – DDWJWD Part4