“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1 Christianity is simple. I’d say Christianity is mysteriously simple, and quite beautiful. But, it isn’t easy. This passage was front and center today. The writing of Hebrews seems to be saying in another way what Christ said during his […]Read more "Everything that Hinders"
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. Luke 6:40 While sitting at in-service today, the above verse was brought up in reference to the most essential task of Christian educators, namely forming disciples. After our Head of School mentioned this verse, he followed up […]Read more "Like Their Teacher"
“What is truth?” – Pilate, John 19 During Jesus’ interrogation by Pilate, the climax of the conversation is reached after Jesus describes his own personal mission as God’s ideal king to testify to the truth. Pilate responds with the question, “What is truth?” Pilate did not wait for an answer. In my opinion, Jesus could not […]Read more "Truth: Personal or Propositional?"
“Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory . . .” Luke 9:32 The Christian life can be described many ways. One of my favorite descriptions comes from Thomas Merton (I think). He (I think) says the Christian life is principally about staying awake. I like […]Read more "Fully Awake"
“ Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure . . .” Philippians 2:14-15a Recently, I was given an opportunity to teach in a Sunday School I attend. The topic was “How to Put the Lid on Complaining” from the verses above. Immediately, my mind ran to the solution (not […]Read more "Without Grumbling"
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Mt. 15:1-3 I was reading the other […]Read more "Dangerous Traditions"
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son […]Read more "Lording vs. Leading"
Have you ever asked yourself, “What is God’s will for my life?” I highly doubt many, if any, suggest they have never wondered what God’s will is. We live in a Christian sub-culture which boldly proclaims the idea that God has a single perfect plan for each individual just waiting to be discovered. Well, I get to say, […]Read more "Purify Yourselves"
I’m a product of the evangelical, reformed, protestant empire. Not only did I grow up in mainline protestant traditions, I attended a well-established, confessional bastion of theological training. It proudly proclaimed the “Five Solas of the Reformation” and believed the essence of the gospel was explained in those five simple phrases. Years out of grad […]Read more "Salvation by Faith Alone"
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 During our school chapel yesterday, the speaker used […]Read more "She Wasn’t Looking for Forgiveness"