Not every individual in the Old Testament was intimately acquainted with God. Although possessing great faith, some had limited insight into the Lord’s attributes and character.
Most of the ancient world was persuaded that God was retributive. The deities in that era were thought to be bloodthirsty despots. They believed that it took a pound of flesh to offset the mounting anger.
Nevertheless, there was a handful of people who truly knew the Heavenly Father. Their heartfelt enga...Read More
I don't think that people always understand the biblical idea of mission.
The Heavenly Father isn’t just affirming a mission—He is on mission. Jesus affirmed, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:21b).
The term Missio Dei is a Latin term meaning "the sending of God."
This idea of the Missio Dei is on display in the interrelationship of the Trinity. God the Father sends the Son, and God the Father and the Son sends the Spirit.
We kno...Read More
This statement will naturally offend some of the churchgoing community, but doctrinal assertions rarely address our deepest needs. Truth claims undoubtedly have their place, but humanity desperately longs for something more. Multitudes want to lay hold of the substantial.
Providentially, the Heavenly Father comprehended centuries ago that the Word needed flesh. The Son of Man became the ultimate depiction of what humanity endeavored to encounter.
Jesus is God but willingly took...Read More
In the sixth grade, I was told that my classmates and I were burning a hole in the ozone layer. The chloroflueocarbon gasses from our automobiles and aerosol cans were causing skin cancer and other dire calamities.
In the decades since, adjustments were made and the ozone hole is now negligible, having “shrunk by more than 4 million square kilometers.” Once again, concerns about the end of humanity were overstated.
In the early 2000s, Al Gore and environmental researchers war...Read More
There are a number of New Testament passages that give us insight into healing modalities. In the following article, I'd like to focus on a single passage from the Book of Acts. I believe that it provides understanding about functioning in the works of God.
"In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, 'Stand up on...Read More
Christians emphasize Jesus’ "coming," but I'm not sure they always understand what that word means. Not every biblical reference to "coming" is actually about the end of days.
Our English Bible translations typically utilize “coming” for the Greek word “parousia.” However, the term actually means presence, arrival, or a ceremonial visit from an official.
N. T. Wright, a prominent New Testament theologian, affirms that parousia
"is usually transl...Read More