A Gospel Community is Theological

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem toContinue reading “A Gospel Community is Theological”

Good Deeds & Gospel Integrity

 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowedContinue reading “Good Deeds & Gospel Integrity”

What Does It Mean to “Be the Church”?

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Many talk about the church. It seems everyone has an opinion, even if that opinion is: it’s not worth having an opinion. But through all the talk and opinion and emotion and preference, all too often, “church” does notContinue reading “What Does It Mean to “Be the Church”?”

“Gospel Message”

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.” Acts 13:26 Paul arrives as Pisidian Antioch and is invited to speak. The Pharisee become missionary, proceeds to establish common ground with his audience, “Men of Israel and those who fearContinue reading ““Gospel Message””

Love the Word

On the night Jesus was betrayed, Jesus prayed what is known as His “High Priestly Prayer.” John reproduces much of Jesus’ prayer and you can read it in chapter 17 of His gospel. It is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the Scriptures. But, not only is it Jesus’ longest recorded prayer, it isContinue reading “Love the Word”

Loving & Pursuing Christ

Two weeks into January… how ya doing? The new year always begins with a wide-eyed hope and a giddy optimism as we imagine the many opportunities ahead of us. The ills of the previous year seem to fall away and only the shiny potential of a blank slate remains. Our future is so bright, weContinue reading “Loving & Pursuing Christ”