Note: I began this study inspired to dive deep into the word 'logos', and the concepts and life applications that could be gleaned from it, but as I wrote, it became apparent that I should write a separate, preliminary piece unpacking the interpretation of this scripture, for the sake of establishing a good foundation for … Continue reading Hebrews 4:12-13: A Study
"What you're doing is not good,' Moses' Father in Law said to him. 'You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can't do it alone..." -Exodus 18:18-19 "Then the Twelve summoned the whole company of the disciples and said, 'It … Continue reading You Can’t Do It Alone
In Exodus 25:40 and 27:8, the instructions are being given to Moses about how to build the Tabernacle, and both verses contain the command to do it "just as it was shown to you on the mountain." The way that resonates with me personally is this: don't deviate from, or loose hope in, what God … Continue reading On the Mountain
"We cannot embrace our present blessings if our hands are full of past failures." "They had been oppressed for so long they did not know how to live in blessing." These were two quotes from a recent guest speaker at church. Also recently, a friend sent me a link to part of a lecture by … Continue reading Stretched
"A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything." - Ecclesiastes 10:19 It's sort of taken for granted that people read the Bible for guidance about what to do, or how to appraise the moral value of something, but I often see the Biblical wisdom literature … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 10:19. Deal With It.
"Therefore don't let anyone judge you in regard to food or drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or sabbaths. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah." -Colossians 2:16-17 "One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every … Continue reading Lord of the Sabbath
A brief thought on the Christian debate between 'Eternal Security' (which probably has other names, but very basically asserts that a person cannot lose their salvation), and viewpoints that argue that you can lose your salvation (by falling into a pattern of sin, and generally not practicing your faith): Maybe one problem with the debate … Continue reading Bare Minimum
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” John Piper brought this up in a recent podcast episode concerning seeking God’s will, and I really appreciated the way he applied … Continue reading Seeking God’s Will
Why do people walk away from church, or the Christian faith, or from belief in God more generally? I believe the answers to that question are as varied as the people who could give them. Sometimes there is abuse perpetrated by someone who is supposed to represent the church. Sometimes a person goes through painful … Continue reading Why Do People Walk Away?
Every generation seems to think the prominent events of their particular historical context signals the end of the world. There are matrices of being which are beyond known human experience, and maybe beyond human capacity, but the hope I have in the face of the demands placed on the human psyche by the exponential onslaught … Continue reading Prototyping Eternity