Advent is a time for peace, for reflection on the One who fulfills our every need, the One who guides lovingly (and yes, sometimes a bit abruptly) as our true life-shepherd. His name is Jesus. And he’s a bit sneaky. See, he likes to pop up in the most seemingly random times, or reveal his… Continue reading The Righteousness of Unity
‘All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.’ – 1 Cor. 12:11 Don’t look a gift-Spirit in the mouth. As mentioned in the last post, the argument negating the existence of any gifts so named in the Scripture, biblically speaking, seems a… Continue reading The Spirit’s Gifts
I have a lot of friends, from all kinds of branches. And I’ve had them for many years. I’ve frequented numerous churches, can worship somewhat comfortably in almost any style, and love to see diversity in a congregation. And it’s led me on quite an internal journey: how can I have all of these friends… Continue reading The Charity of Conscience
When is a church not a “church”? When it’s by itself…
… I believe Characteristic #1 of the Present-Generation Church is “Ecumenical.” Those in my generation, mostly, see a great need to find common ground, a strong yearning for the fruit of a whole vine. Jesus was always sharing meals with people; even the ones society around Him thought were detestable, and would contaminate a person. Well, might I say that there’s no larger or better banquet than a potluck.
A two-edged sword, with blood of my tribes on its blade.