Easter week. Holy Week. My favorite holiday and my favorite celebration. In the same way we observe advent, I think the time before Easter deserves our attention and willingness to quiet ourselves to hear with clear minds the story that changed everything. Our lives are not very conducive to this message, however, and the gospel… Continue reading First World Easter
"Christians should be creating safe spaces, not ridiculing them." The headline grabbed my attention. It was an article on Patheos that was tagged 'progressive Christian', which, admittedly is not the way I lean, but this is a topic that kind of ruffles my feathers. When I think about it, it's because I see so much more below the… Continue reading Not A Safe Space
"Are we really this empty?" I find myself asking that question a lot lately. Check the trending headlines or your social media and you'll see it: we are a culture grasping at straws for the next thing to come and soothe us, define us, entertain us or empower us. If you aren't "hustling", you're not getting… Continue reading Hustling Ourselves To Death
"As we study the holiness of God, we shall see in increasing clearness how, like fire, it repels and attracts, how it combines into one His infinite distance and His infinite nearness. But the distance will be that which comes out first and most strongly. The sense of sin, of unfitness for God's presence, is the… Continue reading Is Holiness A Turn-Off?
"Unless you are convinced that in the blood of Jesus when He died on the cross there was included, as a purchase of that blood, your right to a full, Spirit-filled life - unless you are convinced of that, unless you are convinced that it isn't an added, unusual, extra, deluxe something that you have… Continue reading All You Can Eat Buffet… Jesus Style
From "The Bondage Breaker, Youth Edition" by Neil Anderson and Dave Park. "Have you ever heard a Christian say, "I'm just a sinner saved by grace?" Have you referred to yourself that way? If you see yourself as a sinner, you probably will sin. What would you expect a sinner to do? There will be… Continue reading Sinner or Saint?