Throughout history, Christians have tended to emphasize either mystical inner transformation (important) or outer good works (also important) at the expense of the other. To take both of these and synthesize them into a Christ-like whole requires handling and skills greater than our own bumbling efforts. Continue reading What is Discipleship?
We live in a culture where the word “family” is, at the very least hard to define, and perhaps even archaic. In America, we are observing the decimation of marriage and the traditional family. In the recent past, the family … Continue reading Marriage and Family: Article 15 of the 1963 Confession of Faith
Most significantly, headship and its subsequent symbols demonstrate the gospel relationship between Christ and His Bride. They are a marvelous opportunity for us to embody the most glorious truth of our faith – our Savior and His Church. Continue reading Christian Headship: Obligation or Opportunity?
“Don’t you see all those little black demons flying around,” the man asks, pleading for someone to let him know he is not crazy. “They want me to die,” he informs the nurse, his eyes wide in terror. In the … Continue reading Embracing the Mentally Ill
I often wonder whether it will be possible to replay historical events in the life after death. At the top of my list would be to watch the Lord’s Supper. What were the Apostles thinking as Jesus broke the bread … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper
When I was a child I had the privilege of growing up next to a large lake. An event that took place at the lake nearly every year of my life was a Ukrainian baptism. This event made an indelible … Continue reading What is Baptism?
In recent weeks, an event entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was advertised in my town: “Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, an environmental justice movement is gathering … Continue reading The Mission of the Church: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Have you ever wished that you had the power to change someone? Maybe you have a friend who has traveled down the wrong road and made terrible decisions. Don’t you wish that you could keep him or her from their … Continue reading The Holy Spirit
This question may seem trivial, but I can assure you it is not. Conflicting answers have divided churches, torn families, and wrenched the hearts of many Christians. The particulars of faith, grace, and salvation often spark tense discussions. Why? Because … Continue reading What is Faith?
Man has a problem. It’s called sin. God has a solution. Continue reading Christ, the Savior from Sin