December 15, 2017

Listening for God’s Word

Journey into New Life, part three Listening for God’s Word (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. In this passage Luke tells us what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus Christ. It […]

Christ and the Powers

Fridays in Ephesus (2) Christ and the Powers During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • All is not as it appears. We who live in the wake of quantum physics have learned that there are […]

Sad of Heart

Journey into New Life, part two Sad of Heart (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This passage sets forth a Lukan paradigm of what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus Christ. […]

Fridays in Ephesus (1)

Fridays in Ephesus (1) The Drama of Ephesians During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • “Ephesians, then, is a drama, portraying the victory of God in Christ over the dark powers that rule this present […]

Journey into New Life (1)

It is Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days during which we celebrate the victory of the risen Christ, remember his appearances, prepare for his Ascension, and prayerfully wait for the power of the Spirit to come at Pentecost. I have long thought that this was an especially good time for the Church to gather together in […]

We Point People to Jesus

A Letter for the Church Today (6, conclusion) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 “Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” • 2Corinthians 13:11, NRSV • • • It’s decision time […]

We Don’t Advertise Our Spiritual Experiences

A Letter for the Church Today (5) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 Nothing sells like religious experience. Currently, the number one book on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestsellers list is Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, the story of a child who […]

We Care about Different Credentials

A Letter for the Church Today (4) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 2 Corinthians 11 is one of the most important chapters about ministry in the New Testament. In addition, it reveals information about the Apostle Paul — details about his work and sufferings — that is not recorded anywhere else. It is significant […]

We’re Not Out to Make a Name for Ourselves

A Letter for the Church Today (3) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 No, we shall not make any wild claims, but simply judge ourselves by that line of duty which God has marked out for us, and that line includes our work on your behalf. We do not exceed our duty when we embrace […]

We Use Different Tools

A Letter for the Church Today (2) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised […]