“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” — Colossians 3:16 Many of you know, either by following me around on Twitter or Facebook, or even here, that I am… Continue reading The Challenge of Derek
…is the person we become. Without hesitation, I need to say that no examples here are meant out of anything but love, and a heavy concern for those who follow the very same Jesus with me. And I have taken many steps to ensure that what I say now is measured against myself, so that… Continue reading The God We Worship…
‘For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.’ – Ps. 61:5 This post is a little different than most. I simply felt the desire to express some thoughts on the verse above. I do at least a decent amount of Scripture reading, but this… Continue reading A Holy Heritage
Last post, I think I laid out what could be at least a minor case for a new, fuller understanding or theological position: namely, the idea that God transcends human categorization when it comes to his “choosing,” whether of people or purpose, and simply does what he sees fit for any given time. This is… Continue reading The Purpose of “Predestination”
May not like this. That is, if you’re already firmly committed to a position. The word “predestined” is one of the stickiest theological terms today. Say it, and one gathers kindling for people to start a fire. So I’m well aware of what I’ve started. But I truly would not write about this if I… Continue reading An (Extremely Small) Examination of “Predestination” in Ephesians
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not… Continue reading Spiritual Gifts…in The “Unchurched”?
‘It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.’ — Ecclesiastes 7:18 As we close out American Independence Day and its weekend, I started reflecting once again about the worth of identity, action, and purpose. Surely being part of a nation rouses these… Continue reading Naming The Middle