In his book Center Church, Timothy Keller compares the ideas of faithfulness and fruitfulness in ministry. Those who emphasize faithfulness, point to the accuracy of their teaching and their diligence in presenting scripture as the guide for life and godliness. They point to the fact that regardless of the apparent results, they remain steadfast in […]
Thoughts on the third commandment
The third of the Ten Commandments says this: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7 (ESV) Growing up, this commandment was considered satisfied as long as a person didn’t use the words, “God,” […]
Forgetting what lies behind
So while we may not totally forget the failures of the past, we can live knowing that we are not stuck and those failures don’t define us.
On Bullies and Turning the Other Cheek
Whether it is by personality or by training, or some combination of both, I like to have rules to assist in making decisions. But one thing we learn from the gospels is that Jesus often didn’t play by the conventional rules and sometimes it is difficult to discern if a rule is from God (and inviolable) or from man (and can be ignored).
Bock on Sainthood
“This sainthood is one of the great benefits of being a recipient of God’s grace. It also reflects a responsibility to act like one who has received this calling.” Darrell Bock I copied this quote down, but unfortunately, I didn’t note in which book I found it. But this is a good reminder that our […]
A den of robbers
When he threw the merchants and money changers out of the temple, Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” Mark 11:17 The “you” is plural and probably refers to the religious leaders, including the high priest. They were […]