Archive for the 'Spiritual Growth' Category

Where Our Inability Meets the Ability of God

Friday, December 19th, 2014

True repentance happens at the cross where our inability meets the ability of God. True repentance happens at the cross for repentance is not essentially deciding to do better; it is not committing yourself to live by a righteous standard that you have previously denied or neglected. Repentance is most essentially turning to God to [...]

You Have to Be a Sinner

Monday, November 24th, 2014

If you want to be saved, you have to be a sinner. I realize that what I just said can be taken wrongly, but I imagine that a number people don’t get this rightly. Jesus really did come to save the sick and the sinners.

There Is A Way That Appears

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The sage of Proverbs states, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” On the other hand it’s also true that there is a way that appears to be death, but its end is life. This is the testimony of the Cross. The hitch in both [...]

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. As I am [...]

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 [...]