Category Archives: Christianity

Christian Weapons

Paul constantly reminds us of the challenges of living in this world and the resistance we constantly face due to the principalities and powers of darkness that are exerting their influence in the world each and every day short of Jesus’ return. Sometimes Paul talks about this as a race we are to run thatContinue Reading

Re-envisioning the Manger: 7 Common Misconceptions about the Nativity of Jesus

A few fun facts about the ancient world and the birth of Jesus. 1.  Mary wasn’t necessarily about to give birth any moment on her way to Bethlehem. The classic image of Mary riding on a donkey about 11 months pregnant probably wasn’t the case. Luke 2:4-6 – “4 So Joseph also went up from theContinue Reading

Receptivity of the Tax Collectors, Sinners and Others Who Understood Their Helplessness

Those most expected to respond often don’t and those who are unexpected appear out of nowhere. I have seen this countless times in ministry where you are praying for God to impact the congregation expecting it to come through certain people. The next thing you know there are people you never expected doing the thingsContinue Reading

Getting to Know Jesus

More and more I feel the desire to get to know Jesus better. I have known about Him my whole life. I committed my life to being a disciple of Jesus years ago. I remember him every week around the Lord’s table. My desire to get to know Jesus only grows. I want his thoughtsContinue Reading

Being Direct

Every eldership I have ever worked with I have told up front that I will trust them and that I expect for them to tell me anything I would need to know including any criticism that they are directing toward me. This is a very important thing to establish in any important relationship. Often weContinue Reading

Psalm 51:5 Does God Create “In Utero Sinners”?

“Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.” – NRSV “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” – NIV “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” – NASB, ESV, RSV What is going on here? The firstContinue Reading

The Cost of Overcomplicating the Gospel

The more we expand the Gospel to include things it didn’t include in the New Testament the more we lose heart and hope. The more jots and tiddles we include under the umbrella of “gospel” the less sure we become of our salvation. The more neurotic we get about soul, turning into a constant spiritualContinue Reading

Past, Present and Future Components of the Lord’s Supper & Our Spiritual Formation

Past “This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.” – Exodus 12:14 “and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. DoContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

Restoring the Divine Image

We were made in the image of God – Gen 1:26. We know that Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Col 1:15. As Christians we get the image of God in us restored – Col 3:10, Eph 4:24 and 2 Cor 3:12-18 I do not believe that sin removes the image ofContinue Reading

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