What is the true Spirit of Christmas? This year, we’re going to be thinking about how the Holy Spirit works throughout the story of Jesus’s coming and what His continued work means for us today.
It’s Advent starting today and Melanie Haynes will help us focus our hearts as the season begins by lighting the first Advent Candle and taking #52Verses52Books52Weeks to the Gospel of Mark.
That whole Judy Dabler scandal that Christianity Today broke yesterday in a bombshell report? I’m one of those who experienced her spiritual abuse at a church I attended long ago. As a survivor-turned-pastor, I wrote my thoughts over on Open for Business on what we can learn from this and other such scandals…
The lesson every Christian needs to internalize is this: listen. Each of us is responsible for our brothers and sisters in Christ. If they are hurting, listen. If seemingly untoward things happen, don’t make excuses. And, don’t — I repeat, don’t — believe the lie that “these are just minor things” that will hurt the Church’s reputation if we blow them “out of proportion.” That lie still smells of the sulfur of its place of origin.
Christians, we can do better for God’s Glory.
Join us as Jim takes us to the woods (and 2 Peter) to think of the real source for how we become “better people.” It isn’t a self-help book.
How should we be people of thanksgiving not just as we enter the month that features “Thanksgiving Day,” but every day?
As we conclude our exploration of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple, we’ve returned multiple times to our failures and need for forgiveness. Solomon also speaks of justice. How do we balance justice and mercy?
Join us on Reformation Sunday (and Halloween) as Melanie Haynes takes us to Judges as we continue our journey through the Bible.
As we continue to explore the prayer dedicating the temple, what does that prayer reveal about its purpose? Was the temple merely a way to encourage Israel’s worship of the Lord or did God direct them (and us) towards something more?
For this week’s 52 Verses entry, I turned to Jonah for a consideration of God’s vision of ministry.
Solomon prayed for victory, but does his prayer mean whatever “victories” we want are just a prayer away?