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…

Proverbs 8-9: The blessing of wisdom.

June 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 8-9. Background: Proverbs 7. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 8 The blessing of wisdom: Here in chapter eight we find wisdom calling once again, just as she did at the opening of the book (see Proverbs 1:20-33). Wisdom seeks to be found, seeks to be sought. She calls to the…

How can we know?

June 11, 2014. “Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my…

Parables of the Kingdom.

June 6, 2014. I was listening to a sermon yesturday about what Jesus said about the kingdom of Heaven. As I am reading through the book of Matthew, I am starting to realize that I don’t think a lot of us think about what Jesus actually says. A lot of times a gospel of only…

Are we Christians?

May 11, 2014. Today we ask a hard question. It’s a question that I don’t like to ask, but one that I believe is necessary. Before we continue on, just know that today’s post is not for the casual reader who does not like conflict or questions that challenge his or her faith. If this…

Lip service.

March 28, 2014. “And the Lord said: ‘Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will againdo wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom…

A perspective on truth.

February 19, 2014. Today’s post might lean more towards logic and philosophy than you have been accustomed to when it comes to the subject of religion. Don’t be frightened, I’m not going to get too metaphysical or anything. However, I do believe that there is a certain amount of logic and reasoning that can be…

Some things are just difficult.

February 3, 2014. Over the past couple of days, a friend and I have been studying some hard subjects. We have asked hard questions and have been hard-pressed to find complete answers. Through rigorous study and prayers, I believe God is leading us into truth, but it is only through him that we have been…

Wisdom.

February 2, 2014. “But where shall wisdom be found?And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its worth,and it is not found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ It cannot be bought for gold, and silver…

Three promises of Jesus.

January 27, 2014. “‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or…