Direct Experience of God? (Part 1)

Whether or not we can experience God directly is something Christians have discussed and debated since…I don’t know when. I can’t say from biblical times because it is impossible to read the Bible without seeing that the authors expected to experience God directly and did. But somewhere between now and then, this basic expectation changed….

Excommunicated

This post is also available as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/teague-mckamey/episodes/Excommunciated-e1mh1nb “Excommunicate” is a word meaning “exclude from communion.” Ideally, excommunication would be used to eject harmful people from the church as a protective measure. Historically, it has been used for this and for other, less savory reasons. For example: let’s say you’re a powerful church leader…

The Voice of One Podcast

So, apparently podcasts are a thing 😆 And not a thing I’ve ever paid attention to. But this is kinda how I roll. I’ve never been “cutting edge.” When I started blogging 14 or 15 years ago, it was mostly by accident. I created an account and blog on Blogger (thewordwasgod.blogspot.com) so I could read…

Abandonment to Divine Providence

Last year, I read, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a Jesuit priest (1675-1751 AD).  In Abandonment, Caussade explores complete submission to the will of God (“divine providence” being another term for God’s will).   Caussade explains, “In this state they give up to God all their rights over themselves, over their words, actions, thoughts, and proceedings;…

Oh Behave!

I had the following published in the religion column of our local paper, though they changed my fun title into something pedestrian. This was adapted from a previous blog post, ”In.” *** In First Thessalonians chapter four, Paul discusses behavior and growing in separation to the Lord.  For many—Christians and non-Christians—following rules and behaving is…

Picture Jesus

Periodically, the Voice of One features guest posts by my friend, Cameron Fultz. Cameron and I connected about 10 years ago over a book he wrote called Jesus Pictures. Since then, Cameron has written a score of books sharing how he sees Jesus in Bible stories. I share this approach to scripture, and we can…

A History of Heresy

Recently, I finished a book called A History of Heresy by David Christie-Murray, published in 1976. Christie-Murray has an interesting background: after 27 years of being ordained in the Anglican Church, he resigned orders to join the Society of Friends or Quakers. The book left me unsure whether he is a Christian Quaker or one…

No Sacrifice Is Left

 Hebrews 10:26 has struck fear in many a heart over the years.  Some say it proves Jesus’s sacrifice only covers sins committed before we convert.  After that, salvation depends on us not sinning.  Ironically, this leads us back into a system where our consciences can never be clean because sin remains uncovered.  Such thinking is…