We’ve all been there before. You join a new group or organization, like a new job or a new group of friends, and after a certain amount of time – usually referred to as the “honeymoon” – you start to notice some things that aren’t quite right. Some people choose not to rock the boat, … Continue reading Descent Into Chaos: A pattern of being rejected and made to feel like you’re crazy.
Is violence ever a viable option for a Christian? I suppose most people will have one of these three responses; some will initially say yes, some will say no, and still others will wonder what I mean by violence and viable. A little background information may help to clarify the question for those in the … Continue reading The Kingdom Suffers Violence
Barefoot, I stepped down into the freezing water. My six-year-old daughter Caroline held on tightly to my hand as she followed me into the baptistry of our church. I’ve baptized dozens of people since I entered full time ministry eight years ago, but there’s something dramatically different about baptizing your own child. I’ve taken this … Continue reading Of Water and the Spirit
If God's knowledge exists in such a way that he fully knows the joy and sorrow of every decision we could possibly make, then his choice to create and bear our suffering is a substitutionary act in itself.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. - Isaiah 53:4 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. - … Continue reading The Prodigal’s Substitute, Part 3