Did you know that God commands us to persecute love? Of course that translation probably doesn’t communicate the true meaning of the first command found in 1 Corinthians 14:1, but the word used is the same word meaning “to persecute.” The origin of the word has to do with chasing down your enemy, running after your prey, or competing to win a race.… Read the rest
Lately I’ve been part of some exciting conversations about the missional nature of the church. In those conversations, I was recently reminded of an experience I had during a time when I was sent by my government to a remote location.… Read the rest
In addition to losing an hour of sleep between Saturday night and Sunday morning due to daylight savings time, I ended up reading, cover-to-cover, The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants, by Dr.… Read the rest
When I write that I want to live a certain Scripture more, I’m really stating that I want to be more like my Father. Today I’m writing about a particular aspect of my Father on which I want to focus.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Felicity Dale, over at Simply Church, recently posted Why are some women passive in church? She posted a list of concepts that have been taught to Christian women as their role in the church.
Here is her conclusion:
A whole generation of women has been brought up to believe these things are true.
I’ve been thinking about the story of the prodigal son lately, and of his father’s extreme emotional display. I’ll post the Scripture text a little later on. But first some context to why I’ve been dwelling on this passage.
You often hear that men are outward focused by nature: they are genetically programmed to be workers.… Read the rest
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been wrestling somewhat with the issue of gender roles in the church: specifically, the passages of Scripture that at first glance appear to limit women’s roles or to subordinate them to men.
The reason this is important to me involves my personal experience, my intellectual understanding of the New Testament, and my concern that the church be active in reaching out to the world around us.… Read the rest
One of the homeless men we’ve helped has been in the hospital for a while with pneumonia. He was released on Wednesday, and discovered that during his absence his campsite had been bulldozed (a local auto-dealer is expanding).
He called his sister, who lives a few hours away and hadn’t seem him in almost seven years.… Read the rest