Preaching Philippians – A Reflection

This Sunday I am wrapping up a sermon series on Philippians. Philippians has long been one of my favorite books of the New Testament but I had never preached through it before. There were a few things that stand out in retrospect. First is partnership. The word for this is koinonia, often translated “fellowship” butContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Practical Guide to a Healthier Conversation

The last few posts on social media as a spiritual discipline all lead up to this post. What can you actually do to have a healthier online conversation? 1 – The Pause Instead of jumping in quickly to respond to comment after comment you stop. Take a moment to gather your thoughts. It may beContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Physiology

There is one more thing I want to discuss before I get into what one can do to have a more productive and loving online conversation. One of the biggest things that is working against our success in our innate physiology. Have you ever been insulted online? If so how did you feel when itContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Entropy

I have never seen a political or religious argument ascend into pics of the grandkids or even what someone had for dinner last night but I have seen pics of the grands or your latest, greatest dinner devolve into a verbal assault. Entropy – the idea that things fall apart, that organization more easily turnsContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Resistance

Spiritual disciplines require training. Training requires resistance. I believe spiritual disciplines take discipline because they don’t come naturally to us. If they did it wouldn’t take discipline to do them. This is why I believe using social media as a Christian can be a spiritual discipline. It comes with natural barriers to productive and effectiveContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 5:1-14 Elders Shepherding the Flock

In the last chapter of First Peter, Peter spends some time writing to the elders in his audience. The first word in the chapter is missed in some translations including the NIV< NRSV and NKJV – “Therefore.” This reminds us that what Peter is about to write is connected with what he was just talkingContinue Reading

Study of 1 Peter 4:12-19

Right before Peter wraps up his letter he spends a little more time talking about what it means to suffer as a Christian. Suffering and hints of suffering are found throughout First Peter. This is one of those instances where he deals with it directly. When you choose to follow Jesus you are choosing aContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 4:1-11

Suffering serves a purpose. Peter links suffering for being a Christian with being done with sin (4:1). I don’t think Peter can possibly mean the person who has suffered for Christ will never sin again. I believe he is saying something similar to what we have in Romans 6 that the ideal Christian life isContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 3:8-22 – Expect to Suffer

We are so affluent that most of us don’t really expect to suffer much. It is easy to think that suffering comes from poor decision making, especially in the financial realm. But when it comes to being a Christian, suffering comes with the territory. In fact, if you suffer for being a Christian it showsContinue Reading

Jesus & the Paradox of the Narrow Way

The Hebrew way of thinking about life was that life is a walk. This is one of the primary ways the apostle Paul talks about how you live your life – how you walk. We are all on a path to something even if you aren’t trying to be on a path to something. TheContinue Reading

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