Out, Damn’d Spot!

 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her  to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless“ (Eph. 5:25-27).  Our pastor…

The Beast

I’m doing something a little different in this post. The picture above is from our church service on 2/7/21. If you click it, it will (hopefully) take you to a video of our service. Our church has been going through Revelation. Three of us are taking turns preaching. One is our pastor, Roger. Another is…

Trite and True

They’ll know we are Christians by our glad-hands and bling, by our pearly-gate smiles and sermons on tithing; by the size of our church and the rules that we keep (though a suit is a suit, and a goat’s not a sheep). They’ll know we are Christians by the power we bear, by the HOLY…

Kingdom Meditations

“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight…. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here” (John 18:36). When Jesus says His kingdom is not of this world, we tend to think of location.  What if Jesus is talking about source, something qualitative?  My kingdom…

Only One Is All

My wife and I were talking recently about America’s divisive socio-political landscape. COVID and protests have exacerbated division but did not create it.  Division exists in each of us because human nature is prone to sin. Strident exchanges are everywhere. As usual, social media is the great bullhorn, amplifying every discourtesy and difference.  Even between…

Can’t Keep Us Down

In many places, gatherings of any size have been restricted to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  On Sunday, our church live-streamed our worship service for the first time ever.  Many other churches did this as well, and I checked out portions of the other services in our community.   It was fun to be…

Dead or Alive

“Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring in union with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus” (1 Thess. 4:14). Paul has been talking with the Thessalonians about what they have suffered because of their belief in Jesus. His aim in writing is to connect the Thessalonians’…

A Piece of the Continent, a Part of the Main

The following article appeared in our local paper last week. It is a revision of something I posted a few years ago. *** When I was new to faith, I attended a prayer meeting at church. As we prayed, the formation of the first man, Adam, came to mind: I imagined particles of dust swirling…

Circulation

First Thessalonians three finds Paul relieved that the Thessalonians are continuing to believe Jesus despite persecution: “For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord” (1 Thess. 3:8).  This is an expression of happiness but also much more. Paul has written much about the Thessalonians’ participation in the sufferings of Jesus, as well…

The Fall of the Church

Last year, my father-in-law gave me a copy of a book called, The Mystery of God: Christ All and in All by Manfred Haller. It is a rich work that dwells on the mighty subject of God’s eternal desire. Below is an excerpt from chapter 20, “The Fall of the Church”. *** There are plenty…