God’s Presence, Union and Communion, and Deuteronomy 31-33

The presence of God for Israel, both in taking the land, and in experiencing the blessings of the land, resulted in tangible results and, for them, it made all the difference in the world. We as Christians, however, are left with the challenge of understanding what God’s presence means for us today.

How to get the most out of fixed-prayers

I am relatively new to the practice of praying fixed (that is, pre-written) prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Gloria, and the Psalms. Praying these fixed prayers has added new vitality into my prayer life but, like any religious practice, praying fixed prayers can actually become lifeless or even dangerous.

On Faith: Enoch

Abel’s story of faith ended with his death (11:4). Enoch (Gen 5:21-25), on the other hand, never experienced it.

#YouGotPastored

I was part of a brief Twitter exchange today. After my initial response, my interlocutor replied. “you are right. #IJustGotPastored” I’m pretty sure that makes me an official pastor now.

On Faith: Abel

From a human perspective, Abel’s story is kind of tragic. He offered a sacrifice that pleased God. This offering made his brother Cain jealous, which led to Abel’s untimely and violent demise. What does an offering offered in faith get you? Murdered by your jealous brother.

On Faith: Creation

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.” Hebrews 11:3

Last week, after coming home from Attic After School, I commented to my wife that the students did a really good job of paying attention during Talk Time. This was surprising to me for two reasons. First, it’s just really hard to get twenty middle and high school students to pay attention for a ten minutes – no matter what it’s about. Second, my Talk Time last week was rather philosophical in nature.

On Faith: Defined

This semester for Talk Time in Attic After School I’m working through Hebrews 11, affectionately called “The Hall of Faith.”

Are All Sins the Same?

One issue that Kevin DeYoung addresses in The Hole in our Holiness is “the notion that every sin is the same in God’s eyes.”  DeYoung points out that in many cases, this sentiment is expressed as a form of genuine humility – “I deserve God’s wrath too. So how can I judge your mistakes?”  Since ours is a church quick to love and slow to judge (excellent qualities!) you hear this sentiment expressed a lot.

According to DeYoung, though, it’s only partially true.

The Hole In Our Holiness - Book Review

“The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it”

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