Kingdom or Structure: A Million Dollar Question

The kingdom comes in dynamism. It is then sustained by structures. This was certainly the case in Acts 2. The dynamism is seen in vv. 1-4: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled theContinue reading “Kingdom or Structure: A Million Dollar Question”

The Canon Within the Canon

Back in seminary we often heard concerns about the “canon within the canon,” which was really just a way of saying that preachers have a tendency to preach from their favorite parts of scripture rather than from the whole. Good preachers, we were told, are careful to present the entirety of the scriptures to theirContinue reading “The Canon Within the Canon”

Notes on Community: A Realistic Call

Relationships can be hard. This is true when our connections are marred by envy, anger, and the like. It can also be true when everyone brings their best intentions to the table. I find it comforting, then, that the scriptures do not romanticize community. Yes, the call to healthy community rings loud and clear fromContinue reading “Notes on Community: A Realistic Call”

The Messiah Complex

As the presidential election approaches, I can’t help but think that we citizens of the United States of America have something of a messiah complex. By this I don’t mean that we view our own country as a savior, though that is sometimes true. Rather, I mean that we the people tend to go lookingContinue reading “The Messiah Complex”

Take Your Place

If you compare different translations of Ephesians 4:11-13, you’ll find an interesting disagreement.  The passage speaks of Christ giving apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors and teachers to the church.  This is a point of unity among translations.  Disunity, however, comes in the reason for this gift.  The King James Version reads: “For the perfecting ofContinue reading “Take Your Place”