The breath in our lungs…how did it get there…really? Okay, maybe not specifically how but at a more general, foundational level how? Whether you believe in evolution or a six-day creation or something in between, what if God is the originator in any case? If it’s God’s breath in our lungs, so what? To different groups of followers of Jesus […]Read more "The Voice 3: So What? (How are we Christ’s church?)"
I found an archived article in Christian Standard a few years ago. I wish I had marked down where it was so I could go back and find it, but I think was from 1896. The article dealt with the issue of youth and their changing musical tastes, and how it clashed with the church’s traditions. […]Read more "Why I Sing What I Sing (and Why I Hope You’ll Join Me)"
When we read any of the letters in the New Testament–to the Romans, Galatians, etc.–we are actually reading somebody else’s mail, Richard Hays says. By reading the mail of the ancient Corinthians, a group of new Christians in ancient Greece, we learn what we can’t miss if we’re going to learn who God is and who we […]Read more "The Voice 2"
The Holy Spirit is mentioned repeatedly in the bible. Jesus said he must go away so that the Companion, aka the Holy Spirit, could come to us. Jesus said we need this Spirit of Truth to guide us into all truth. Paul said you can’t say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. So what is the Spirit? Why Spirit? […]Read more "The Voice"
Are we there yet? Following Jesus can feel like an eternal groaning with that question. The ancient letters attributed to Peter call us to see that we are exiles, strangers in a strange land, people who aren’t at home in the culture of this world, people who embrace Jesus’ countercultural way and follow him back to our eternal homeland, […]Read more "NOW 6: the Day"