Choose your paradigm: Membership or Missional. (Part 1)

  February 15, 2015. I have been listening to a lot of sermons and podcasts recently that have dealt with the mission of the church and how we need to relight our fire. Of particular note was the distinction between two different paradigms in Christianity that we need to be aware of to choose the…

II Peter 1-3: The day of the Lord.

November 29, 2015. Daily Reading: II Peter 1-3. Background: This letter is attributed to Peter as the second letter that he writes to the churches spread throughout Asia Minor (see background to I Peter), though many scholars contest Petrine authorship and would rather place it in the¬†pseudepigrapha. The date, along with the authorship, has been…

Ezekiel 1-6: Visual prophecy.

June 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Ezekiel 1-6. Background: Ezekiel was a priest who was called to be a prophet of the Lord as an exile of Babylon. Judah, just as her sister Israel had been taken captive by the Assyrians years before, had fallen into the hand of the Babylonians under the rule of King…

The Christian Virtues, Part 1: Faith and Diligence.

October 5, 2014. Over the past few months something has been on my mind that has troubled me. We are called to live a holy life, consecrated for the Lord, yet this calling seems to be virtually impossible. We can beg and plead with God to lead us out of temptation, but then we turn…

A new creation, holy and precious in his sight.

February 11, 2014. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not…

Parable of the Talents

January 29, 2014. I was supposed to give a lesson tonight at church, however, due to the icy roads here, we have decided it too dangerous to hold service. In light of this fact, I have decided to give a brief synopsis of what I was going to say (and what I will talk about…

Living according to the call of God

January 19, 2014. Today we are wrapping up the lessons on Paul’s letters to Timothy at the Family Vacation retreat, and let me tell you the two classes today in which we split up between girls and guys were quite good (well, I guess I can only speak from the guys perspective). There were a…