Everyone does the work of the ministry. “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these … Continue reading Modest proposal #4: Everyone ministers
I am a native of the western New York Finger Lakes region. I became a Christian in the spring of 1976 as a freshman at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The verse in the header has been indelibly written on my heart ever since then. I currently live just outside of Washington DC.
Though it comprises diverse gifts, ministries and local expressions, there is one Church. “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you … Continue reading Modest proposal #3: We belong together
Depending upon the English translation you’re using, saint(s) appears between 60 and about 100 times in the New Testament. It’s my conviction that saint was then, and is now, another … Continue reading The problem with ‘Saints’
Imagine for a moment you’re in first-century Corinth, where for several months you’ve had the privilege of listening to an ex-Pharisee from Tarsus named Paul teach about the kingdom of … Continue reading Servants or Saints?
Ministers are servants, not Saints, ministering by calling, not coronation. “What, after all is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has … Continue reading Modest proposal #2: Skipping Sainthood
At many moments in church history, believers have looked back even as they moved forward “to run with perseverance the race marked out” for them (Heb 12:1). But before I … Continue reading Some modest proposals
A few weeks back, I took advantage of a free trial of Showtime so I could watch The Tudors, which I remembered from my first viewing as part historical drama, … Continue reading The accountability illusion
When you substitute for the archaic-sounding fear of man—fear is how it’s rendered in nearly all the earliest English translations and has come down to us intact in newer versions—aren’t … Continue reading Yes, ‘fear of man’ matters
In the wake of the recent editorial in Christianity Today calling for the removal of President Trump, I think it’s worth asking how much personal reputation affects our judgment on … Continue reading Is it ‘our witness’ or your reputation?
One of my favorite moments in the 1981 film Gallipoli is when Frank (Mel Gibson) and Archy (Mark Lee) meet a lone codger crossing the salt lake on their way … Continue reading Who’s for a truce in the ‘war on Christmas’?
The letters to the Corinthian church are often mined for Paul’s approach to various problems: divisions, immorality, and what used to be called “charismania” (“strange fire” is more in vogue … Continue reading No other foundation
When you hear talent, you might think of that You Tube image of Simon Cowell enchanted by Susan Boyle’s performance of “I Dreamed a Dream.” You can draw a straight … Continue reading Priceless talents