When Jesus set out to make disciples, he gathered committed people around him and did life with them. Yes, he taught the multitudes, but it doesn't seem that those people became champions of the kingdom after his death. Perhaps many of them were actually among the throngs demanding that Pilate crucify him. His teaching seems … Continue reading Body Life Part 1 – United
The religious group that I came up in was built on the notion that God gave the New Testament to humanity as a blueprint for the way he wanted them to live and worship him. We believed that in the letters of Paul God had prescribed exactly how he wanted collective worship to be performed … Continue reading Strange Fire
If we agree that Ephesians 2:1-3 describes the lost state and then say that Romans 7 describes the common Christian experience, then we imply that the gospel produces no significant practical results.
Christians claim that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah. Most Jews refute this claim. Does Jesus really fit the description of Messiah given in the Jewish scriptures? Not only does he fit, he's the only one who ever could. The description of the coming "Son of David" in 2 Samuel 7, draws his profile. That is, the image to which we must be conformed.
If God is God, he's never needed us to defend him and he never will.
Does it matter what words or names we use to describe things? I would contend that it does. Word meaning is a function of the way society uses them. While we might continue to want to use a word or phrase in a particular way, we don't get to determine their meaning. Society does that … Continue reading Signs and New Wine
I know a man who is haunted by Matthew 7:21-23. He won't declare with 100% certainty that he is destined for eternal life and there is nothing anyone can say to assure him. Having read this quote this morning, I wonder if he is not plagued with spiritual pride. Don't get me wrong. He's not … Continue reading Mere Christianity – Chapter 8 – “The Great Sin” – C.S. Lewis
That voice in your head saying you're in the right and everyone else is wrong is leading you down a path of isolation and pain.
We're a curious species. And as the saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." I'm not saying that it's bad to learn. God gave us these wonderful minds and we commit sacrilege when we discourage honest inquiry into reality. God also gave us boundaries such as the inability to see the future or to know for … Continue reading False Prophets, Figs and Faithfulness
What if the essence of church could be boiled down to two words? What if believers in Christ shared life? When we share our lives - our time, money, burdens, joys, and struggles - we experience and demonstrate the kingdom of God. When we share his life, we intentionally engage with the lost and dying … Continue reading Simple church planting resources galore