This is adapted from a sermon I gave yesterday at Mars Hill University’s homecoming chapel service. The sermon text was 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. Continue reading
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
-John 1:1-5 (NRSV) Continue reading
I feel that “Gospel” is one of the richest words in the Christian vocabulary. That is probably evident in it’s widespread use across the theological spectrum. All the way from Roman Catholics to the most fundamentalist evangelical to the progressive, emergent movement, the word Gospel figures predominantly in our thought and speech. Pope John Paul II wrote the encyclical letter “The Gospel of Life,” whereas evangelicals speak of preaching the “Gospel” to the ends of the earth. There are Southern Gospel quartets and African-American Gospel Choirs. In spite of this extensive use, and perhaps because of it, the word ‘Gospel’ has lost much of it’s original meaning. Continue reading
We want to know truth. We search for truth. Some of us study for years and years trying to grasp truth. We scrutinize, interrogate, and judge in order to arrive at the truth. We do this in many circumstances, including with the Bible, but we have to ask, is this right? Continue reading
The Old Testament is replete with violent scenes. For many, this has caused emotional and cognitive strife. How is this God in whose name atrocious acts of genocide were committed the same as the God of Jesus who teaches us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us? Yet our faith proclaims that Jesus fulfills the expectations of the Old Testament; that the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. Walter Brueggemann attempts to address this problem with a detailed study of Joshua 11. His goal is to offer a contextualized reading of this passage to help shed some light on this issue of God’s presence and self-revelation in the midst of biblical violence. Continue reading
Let me paint you a portrait of a normal nighttime routine for Bekah and me. We decide we’re both tired and it’s time to go to bed. Bekah goes to the bedroom to put on her pajamas while I begin my teeth-cleaning ritual. First I painstakingly floss between each tooth, then I brush my teeth ad nauseum, after which I use a mouth rinse just for good measure. After finishing all of this, I go to the bedroom to find Bekah already in bed .
“Aren’t you going to brush your teeth?” I ask.
“Ugh. I’m already comfortable. I’ll do it tomorrow morning,” comes the response. Then I sigh, shrug my shoulders, and get into bed. Continue reading