This morning I read about Jesus as our high priest: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our...
It doesn’t. Not always. Not often, even. It seems that the more we know, the more condescending we become. We study the Bible to gain theological insight, then we set out to prove other people wrong. Theology becomes ammunition for debate rather than food for our soul. Rather than...
Toward the end of his letter to the Philippians, Paul comes right out and says that he wants something about them—and by extension, something about us—to be known to everyone. He wants us to be famous. But for what? It’s probably not what you’re thinking. “Let your gentleness be known...
In the last post, I argued that the ever popular Christianese phrase “feeling called to…” is not a biblical concept. When used theologically, the word “call/calling” is almost exclusively used in terms of election unto salvation, not to authenticate a spiritual nudge we may have toward a particular ministry...
Often, when it comes to the issue of alcohol, it is only a matter of time before the inevitable point gets made of giving preference to the “weaker brother.” People pull this principle out as a trump card as if it settles the issue once and for all, but...
“Come on, Erastus. We’re going to be late. The celebration has started!” Fear gripped Erastus’s heart. He knew he had to do it, but his feet felt cemented into the marble floor, as the warm Mediterranean breeze swept through his front door. “Hang on, Gaius. Let me just grab my cloak.” “And...
Grief is a part of life. And there are many types of grief. In particular, I want to talk about the grief we feel over our sin. First of all, let me say that it is right and good that we feel grief over our sin. If you feel...
The other day I was with a friend of mine and he made quite a profound statement in passing that I have not yet been able to get out of my head. We were in the midst of discussing parenting (he is a few years ahead of me in...
When life gets so busy that my relationship with God begins to suffer, my first impulse is to become less busy. But I’m not sure that that’s always the right answer. Every semester, I talk with students who find their schoolwork getting in the way of their spiritual life. “I’m...
This past week our church had a baptism service at my kids’ favorite swimming hole. I must admit. I had my reservations about having it at the spot for which my children have become pavlovian-conditioned to splash. Therefore, in order to prevent Kong (my six year old) from shouting...
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