Quote of Note #37: Salvation as Transformation

"What men call 'salvation' is simply the first stage of God's plan for our lives, which is to conform us in character and power to the image of Jesus Christ.  If we fail to see our relationship to God as such, we will allow too many areas within us to remain unchanged.  Pulling down strongholds … Continue reading Quote of Note #37: Salvation as Transformation

Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Families are paradoxes.  On the one hand, family relationships can be the source of the greatest comfort, strength, and stability in our lives.  On the other hand, -- who doesn’t know what’s coming next – family relationships can be the source of the greatest heartbreak, sadness, and anxiety of anything in our lives.  No other … Continue reading Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Quote of Note #36: Being Forgiven and Being Forgiving

"If you are one who just cannot seem to forgive, let me ask you a few questions which might give you another perspective.  Have you received the forgiveness that God offers through a relationship with Jesus?  Have you personally experienced God's forgiveness of your sins?  If you haven't, then there is some credibility to the … Continue reading Quote of Note #36: Being Forgiven and Being Forgiving

Quote of Note #35: Nationalism and the Mission of God in the World

"Whatever the temptations may be for the dominant nation at any point in world history to identify its mission with the mission of God, such temptations must be resisted at all costs; God's providential dealings with people (the Church, not any particular nation) are too mysterious to be reducible to simplistic nationalism; and the gospel … Continue reading Quote of Note #35: Nationalism and the Mission of God in the World

Quote of Note #34: Self-Sacrificial Service

"At the height of the [Roman] persecution, a plague broke out.  Fearing contagion, pagans dumped members of their own families in the street when they got sick.  But Christians, Eusebius said, 'heedless of the danger, took charge of the sick, attending to their every need and ministering to them. . . drawing on themselves the … Continue reading Quote of Note #34: Self-Sacrificial Service

Quote of Note #33: Evangelical Fear

"Fear was a profound motivator for evangelicals.  We carried a vestigial memory of being the little ramshackle clapboard church from across the tracks whose congregation couldn't pay its minister.  We collectively carried a chip on our shoulders for being marginalized.  Fear and revenge were far from the teachings of Christ, but we had practiced them … Continue reading Quote of Note #33: Evangelical Fear

Bible Note #31: Expecting to Be Astonished by Jesus (Mark 6:45-52)

  After the experience of having Jesus walk up to them in the middle of the Sea of Galilee as they were struggling to row their boat across to the other side, Mark says this about the disciples, “They were completely astonished, because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened” … Continue reading Bible Note #31: Expecting to Be Astonished by Jesus (Mark 6:45-52)

Quote of Note #32: Bearing with Each Other in our Differences

"We ought to endeavor to live in peace with those who are of different opinions from us.  'Tis a most unreasonable thing to take the liberty of contending with men because they cannot see with our eyes.  If this were granted, we would be at war with the greatest part of the world.  'Tis as … Continue reading Quote of Note #32: Bearing with Each Other in our Differences

Quote of Note #31: Overcoming Earthly Powers Through Heavenly Means

"Whatever our calling, we know this: We are not serving wicked kings, but the King of kings who fulfills all types and shadows of the Old Covenant Israel.  His coronation did not come by earthly decree, but through his resurrection and ascension.  Therefore, his way of conquering the world's kingdoms is also revolutionary.  He doesn't … Continue reading Quote of Note #31: Overcoming Earthly Powers Through Heavenly Means

Bible Note #30: Making the World Good Again, through the Redeeming Love of Jesus (Mark 5:1-20)

Jesus has come to redeem us from our oppression under and participation in the evil of a fallen world and to give us the calling of following in his footsteps. I have a friend whom I see from time to time. He’s involved in the life of a church, though I’ve never really talked to … Continue reading Bible Note #30: Making the World Good Again, through the Redeeming Love of Jesus (Mark 5:1-20)