When We Live In the Truth

May 31, 2021

When we live in the truth, as Jesus taught us [John 8:32], the truth will set us free, free from the rules of the culture, our own self-image, from all the “shoulds” of our lives. We don’t realize how enslaved we are to all the world’s ways, until we begin to follow the Indwelling Spirit […]

Fulfilling Our Commitments to God, Part III

May 24, 2021

  Most Christians believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, so that we could go to heaven. But what if that was not the only or, in essence, His primary mission? What if His primary mission was to teach us how to live on this earth amongst all our fellow human beings as servants […]

Fulfilling Our Commitments to God, Part II

May 17, 2021

    Nothing is to stand between us and God—not our own ego needs, not our cultural standards of behavior, not our family’s ideas about the choices we should make during our lifetimes, or how we should think. Nothing, if we believe in God and all his covenants and promises to us that the Bible […]

Fulfilling our Commitments to God

May 10, 2021

Over the last eight weeks I have been doing a series of blog posts on each of the Beatitudes. Today I just want to think through what living the Beatitudes, this core teaching of Jesus’s, means. In this series I have relied on Jim Forest’s image of the Beatitudes as a ladder.[1] He describes our […]

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

May 03, 2021

Blessed are the Persecuted (Matthew 10-12), those who stand up to criticism, to denial, to violence, to imprisonment, to total rejection, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This Beatitude is a high bar for us humans, but fortunately, we have many saints who were martyrs in the history of our church who will show […]