My devotional reading has recently taken me through 1 John. I found some things in the book particularly edifying and decided the thoughts they inspired might be worth sharing. So here are my lightly edited notes straight from my journal. (After this, you should totally reread 1 John if you haven’t done it in a while, because … Continue reading "Notes on 1 John"
A brief new series of mine: Psalm 23. It’s just a little devotional series, designed to be used precisely as that: a devotional. In particular, this shall be a weekly one, taking the psalm one line at a time. The Lord is my shepherd Psalm 23 starts off with a familiar and beloved beginning. God, … Continue reading "Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd"
A few weeks ago, I ran across a question on Reddit about Christians giving preference to helping Christians. Someone, who if I recall consider herself a Christian, had heard Christians wishing to especially help Christian refugees moreso than others. She was horrified by this, and asked if anyone agreed and how they could. Does that thought make you … Continue reading "Does Anyone Really Believe in the Church Family?"
In my last post, I addressed the direct Biblical evidence for weekly Communion as a proper practice of the Church. In this one I want to pick up where I left off and examine the actual theological rationale for having the Supper every week. Reasons from Theology So, if we take it that Scripture indicates weekly … Continue reading "In Support of Weekly Communion — Part 2"
Unlike most of my Baptist brethren, I believe in having Communion every week. Moreover, I do not merely think it is a good idea. I think it is an essential one. But most of my fellow Baptists have never done this, or seen any reason to, or really ever considered why it is only done rarely (quarterly in most … Continue reading "In Support of Weekly Communion — Part 1"
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11 Suffering and Resurrection In my studies recently, I have come more and more to see suffering as key to … Continue reading "Pizza Hut, Suffering, Resurrection, Fasting, and the Flesh"