What does it truly mean that "the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in you"?
From eternity past unto eternity future, the miracle of salvation has been from God, for God, through God, and ultimately, to God.
What's so surprising and wonderful about Paul's opening statement to Ephesian believers? Why is his blessing of "grace and peace" so earth-shattering?
I recently finished up a Bible study with our college and career class at church through the New Testament book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the Christians at Ephesus. Unfortunately, I didn't discover the perfect title for a series through Ephesians until the very last lesson. That's because the phrase I am using for the title … Continue reading Love Incorruptible:The Book of Ephesians- Part 1
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It’s been said “Xmas” is a seasonally attempt by subversive secularists to kick Christ out of Christmas. I don’t doubt that is the intent of some folks. But the reality is the Greek spelling of the name Christ starts with an X (Χριστός).
In fact, the early Church often referred to Christ simply by his first Greek initial (X), or more commonly by overlapping his first two initials (XP). The simple cross (X) of course carried double meaning for those early Christians, and for us today.
So in that sense there’s not only a Christ in Xmas but also a Calvary. Far from a secularist attack, “Xmas” reminds us of Christ, his birth, and his cross, all at once.
It seems to be all the rage within younger generations of Christians to be “radical,” and “outrageous.” There is push to make kids somehow buy into the fact that they must look down on living a “normal” life in order to really serve God.
Now don’t get me wrong, the message of the cross is indeed a “radical” message in one sense. And we are called to live holy, separate lives from the world around us; this is certainly “radical.”
What I am targeting are the labels we like to stick onto our faith in order to make ourselves believe we are serving God’s mission more faithfully. “Missional” and “radical” are just a few of those labels made popular recently and, if we’re not careful…
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UXfBXv78uOo Christmas is not the happiest time of the year for many of us. Most of the year holds little happiness for many. What is particularly hard is that for some reason we all pretend that come the holiday season we should all be merry and bright. Christians are the worst about this. Recently during … Continue reading Hey Christian, Christmas Is For Sufferers
I loath the way the Lord's Supper is handled in most churches. And I am not even referring to those haute innovators of things like the U2charist (yeah, it's real, no joke). If anything it is the flippancy, thoughtlessness, irreverence, and general boring nature of the practice. One of the things that has always intrigued … Continue reading From Altar to Table – Who Cares?