“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was … Continue reading A GPS for the spiritual wilderness
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.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). … Continue reading Changing my mind (and yours)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov 9:10) Except among a shrinking number of chip-on-the-shoulder Bible-thumpers, support for … Continue reading “Fear of the Lord” . . . changes everything
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what … Continue reading The meaning of “led into the wilderness”
“The righteous will live by his faith” (Hab 2:4) “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, … Continue reading Can you live on an outsourced faith?
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom 1:21). “Do not … Continue reading From darkened to renewed
The biggest problem with handing out halos is the implicit concession that you don’t get one. “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you … Continue reading Taking down halos
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
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