When did Jesus know?

So, just wondering something that at times has popped into my heart and mind. When did Jesus KNOW that he was God? I used to think this was an easy answer. I would just skirt by it or I would answer in such a way as to appear like I knew what I was saying …

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Culture change or individual conversion?

In the 1800's, Charles Finney was deeply invested in the spiritual life of the still fledgling United States. There were opposing views of the responsibility of individuals as they experienced the new life as a Christian, one converted 'from' a way of life 'to' another, that of Christ as the center. Was the primary concern …

The Reversal of Power (or finding a voice!)

Politicians. Celebrities. Athletes. Ministers. Men. Women. Business owners. Parents. We are all impacted in one way or another. There is something brewing in our culture, and has been for as long as humanity has had breath. Power. It's a seductive call in the heart. And it has been on display in our news cycles for …

Unconquerable

“For in my inner self I delight in God’s law, but I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.” (Romans 7:22-23) Paul is brutally honest in his assessment of …

Stirred Obedience

“After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the disabled — blind, lame, and paralyzed. ... One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. …

Will I or Won’t I?

Over the past several years, I have been engaged in pursuing my Masters in Divinity. Just under two years left in this season of my life and I have truly been challenged and transformed in so many ways. I think that the primary way I have been challenged is the expansion of my heart and …

Of Caves and Bedsheets

Fear does some strange things to us. I remember as a kid doing the typical late night thing after watching a scary movie. The movie itself was terrifying - and I did it to myself by choosing to watch it. Then came the inevitable moment when sleep begins to take over and the images of …

How do I actually live this?

I was asked that question earlier this week. It was from someone who struggles with addiction. It has impacted their life, their marriage, their work, their health - you name it, it's been touched. The frustration was painfully obvious from this individual as I was asked that question about living the Christian life. They pray. …

Common Ground in Luke, Paul, and Peter

COMPARISON of NT WRITINGS | Luke, Colossians, & 1 Peter The New Testament represents an amazing in-breaking of God into the reality of humanity and the reality of his creation. Prior to the New Testament, the presence of God was, while certainly immanent on many occasions, seemed to have a transcendence that was unapproachable most …

Wrestling with tragedy…

Senseless Tragedy The above link is to a story I read today. Two teen girls apparently killed on a trail in Indiana, a rural area outside of Lafayette. I read a lot of news. Some of it is political in nature. A lot deals with the sciences. I am moved by stories where good has happened …