What Is the Key to Spiritual Success at Thanksgiving and Beyond? Giving Thanks.

  A young lady named Ana was severely injured in a head-on, hit and run automobile accident in mid-October. Ana has slowly proceeded from critical condition to rehabilitation. A friend of Ana’s shared yesterday that Ana was asked what she is thankful for at Thanksgiving. Her response to the question? “God.” Ana’s response moved me. Like Naomi and Ruth, who clung to Yahweh during desperate, vulnerable times as widows and refugees, and like Paul, who clung to Jesus while in… Read more

Jesus Depended on the Holy Spirit. How About Us?

Jesus’ whole life was Spirit-dependent (Spirit-Christicism). The Lord depended on the Holy Spirit at every turn. He was conceived by the Spirit (Luke 1:35), baptized and anointed through the Spirit (Luke 3:22; Luke 4:18), led by the Spirit (Luke 4:1), lifted up in crucifixion through the Spirit (Hebrews 9:14), and raised by the Spirit (Romans 8:11). What more was left? Nothing. Jesus’ whole life was and is constituted by the Spirit. Here are the biblical texts that I referenced in order… Read more

What Difference Does It Make If the Holy Spirit Is Impersonal?

Sometimes I hear people talking about the Holy Spirit as if the Spirit is impersonal. Read more

How Religious Are The World Religions?

How religious are the world religions? Most “religions” do not conceive themselves as doctrinal systems. Read more

Does Justice Exist? From Weinstein and Spacey to Dostoyevsky

News reports flood the internet concerning numerous accusations of long-standing histories of sexual abuse by entertainment industry giants Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. If true, one wonders how they got away with these horrible offenses for years. No doubt, success, celebrity and power shut the mouths of many victims and witnesses to abuses and crimes so that the guilty parties are not brought to justice. What leads people to open their mouths and speak out? The confidence that justice ultimately… Read more

What Is the Connection Between People Alive on Earth and Those in the Afterlife?

People across the world, whether they be adherents of a particular religion or not, often wonder about this question. Read more

Do You Manifest a Spirit of Fear or Love at Halloween & Beyond?

Many Christians express fears over Halloween given concerns over evil spirits. But how about the Holy Spirit? Read more

Who Will You Be on Halloween & Reformation Day—A Repentant Monk?

There’s no way in the world Luther could have foreseen the impact his 95 Theses had on the future of ecclesial and societal life in Germany and beyond. Read more

How Do You Know If Something Smells of the Holy Spirit, Teen Spirit, or the Spirit of the Age?

One of the most popular rock songs ever is Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” A great amount of ink has been spilled on the meaning of this and other Nirvana songs. Just as it is quite difficult to discern the words from listening to the tune, it is not so easy to understand the meaning of the words.[1] Regardless of the meaning of the words to the song, Nirvana captured the spirit of a generation in large part due to iconic Kurt Cobain’s songs and personal vibe. Did… Read more

How Can Men Support #MeToo, Too?

For an important and timely article on what men can do practically in terms of supporting #MeToo, read Nicole Stamp’s “What decent men can do in response to #MeToo.” Here are three of her many thoughtful recommendations: “Signal-boost female voices. If you’re sharing an article about a social issue — especially a sexism issue — find one written by a woman.” Stamp adds, “Nothing about us without us.” “Be mindful of how you introduce women.” For example, in keeping with Stamp’s point,… Read more

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