Preparing for a life of calling
HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER.
Dec 13, 2019
Following from last month we see that the title ‘Son of God’ reinforces the deity of Jesus, but it also tells us of his Sonship, and about his (and our) relationship to the Father. In John 1:48-49 Nathaniel is impressed by Jesus’ knowledge of his past. This divine...
Dec 2, 2019
The Christmas season can bring people a lot of joy. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus who is God with us. There are presents to give and receive. There is time together with family and friends. For many people, this time of year is full of cheer and joy despite...
Nov 25, 2019
Throughout my years as a professor and pastor, critics of the Bible have raised various questions with me, such as, "Why are there so many differences in the gospel accounts?" or, simply, "Why aren't the gospels all the same? Why are they are swarmed with obvious...
Nov 19, 2019
Doxology is a fancy word that means praising God. More specifically, doxology means a liturgical expression of praise. You may recognize the word from singing the doxology in your worship service on Sundays.
Nov 11, 2019
I had a pastor tell me one time, as we stood in front of his church, that Jesus never claimed to be God. I knew a Sunday School teacher who had been teaching adult Sunday School for many years and yet found himself stumped by something he read in a Christmas lesson....
Nov 4, 2019
Learning about and using spiritual gifts is an important part of Christian spiritual Formation. In 1 Corinthians 12:7, Paul states, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”. He then goes on to explain the purpose and nature of spiritual gifts throughout chapter 12. We get similar discussions from Paul in Ephesians 4:7-16 and in Romans 12:3-8.
Oct 25, 2019
“Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.” ― Eugene H. Peterson We all love stories. If it isn’t our favorite book, movie, or tv show captivating our attention, it’s a humorous anecdote from a friend or co-worker. I’m a pretty strong believer in the idea that good...
Oct 18, 2019
The apostle Peter told his flock “I have written both letters to stir up your sincere understanding with a reminder “(2 Petet.3:1). Reminders are helpful and even essential in many of life’s issues. In terms of Christian theology, many people do not know with...