Archive for the 'Spiritual Growth' Category

The Wide-Eyed Foundation of Marriage

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Here is another letter that I am sharing because having the opportunity to respond to these concrete, heart-felt, and existential questions gives me the opportunity to unpack the implications of the Gospel to the realities of every day life. As always, I hope reading this is thought provoking and edifying. ******* Dear Ms. O, Regarding [...]

Meta-Exegesis on Spirit and Law

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The following is a bit of meta-exegesis, which is to say that instead of providing and explanation of a religious text (exegesis), I am providing a commentary on another person’s explanation of a religious text. Although, what I offer is not so much a commentary but rather me wrestling with and processing another person’s exegesis. [...]

On Not Being A Bibliolater

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Here is a recurring question of mine. What is the distinction between having an appropriate respect for God’s written Word, and being a bibliolater? To clarify, a bibliolater is one who is reductionistic in one’s thinking, and who fails to see that ultimately Jesus is the living Word of God. In this clarification I realize [...]

Passionately Embraced

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

It’s a few days into Lent, and it’s evening, and I am sitting down to eat dinner on the couch, and, against the norm when eating on the couch, I am not watching TV, because, as I said, it is Lent, and TV is one of the things I have given up (actually it’s a [...]

An Insidious & Subtle Idolatry

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Of all the idols in the world perhaps that most insidious and subtle is the idol of good character. In making this assertion I don’t mean to deny the importance of being genuinely good, neither do I want to undermine focused efforts to grow and develop as a person. I do, however, want to draw [...]

Becoming Ourselves Beyond Us

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

In recently rereading one of my many theological notes that I jot down on whatever I can get my hands on I came across the following: The essence of humanity is an eschatological reality called forth in Jesus Christ. Related to this idea I came across a passage from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity where he [...]

Salvation in the Body of Jesus

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Salvation is not an individual affair. It is not a direct line from God thrown to the individual soul. Our salvation is located in the body of Jesus, for he worked out our salvation in his body through utter reliance upon the Spirit. And through reliance upon this same Spirit we are incorporated into the [...]

The Pouring

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

From all eternity was the Pouring, the Father forever pouring himself completely into the Son, and the Son completely pouring himself back unto the Father, the Father only knowing himself in the Son, and the Son in the Father. From all eternity the Father was perfect will and the Son was perfect response, and this [...]

This is Grace

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This is grace: to know that God stubbornly embraces you even though your heart pulses with the power to personally drive and twist the nails further into the body of the one who hung to bless you.

Becoming Israel

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

It’s 5:30 in the morning, but on other nights it’s been three, or four in the morning and I wake up reviewing my life, not as a matter of conscious choice, but as if my soul was already in the act and at the time of waking I am merely becoming aware of what was [...]