September 13, 2019

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3.13, NRSV This verse stands on its own as a sentence.  I have started chasing the theme Today or This Day in Hebrews. To read Today in Hebrews: This Day or Today CLICK HERE One of the reasons why this verse is important is because it uses the term Today, but it also… Read more

September 11, 2019

The word “walk” is the word live. It can literally mean to regulate your life for something, to practice the practices, or the disciplines. Walk in love. That something that we’re walking in has to be love, and that word love is “agape.” Agape could mean commitment. It could mean perseverance. It could also possibly mean endurance. Agape is a very strong word in the Greek, but what makes it more interesting is that Paul associates agape love with what… Read more

September 7, 2019

I’m in the middle of a study in Hebrews. I would definitely consider it a preliminary study.  I’m taking a look at the use of the term Today in this unique book.  Although I am familiar with these five passages, I realized something as I dug deeper.  For future studies, I would have to consult some robust Christology sources because our Lord seems to be intricately connected to the way Today is developed in Hebrews. Hebrews 1.1-5 In Hebrews chapter 1,… Read more

September 2, 2019

Preview from the 2nd Sermon: All said and done, I really like the King James here: “Hot Displeasure” (Psalm 6.1). Lord, don’t chastise me in thy hot displeasure! That speaks to me of the Spirit sorrowing over us as Paul says, or in your translation “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 4.30). He may not be as mad at us as we might think He is, or maybe as David thinks He is at that moment. We may need… Read more

August 28, 2019

Even on those days when we are ragged, haven’t change out of our pajamas, are tackling 5 extra large loads of laundry, clipping 60 plus finger and toenails, preparing 3 meals and numerous snacks, mopping the floor for the third time in a 2 hour period, fumbling through papers trying to find that “one” important document while briefly stopping by the mirror to tuck back lose hairs and wipe the mascara from under our eyes as we rush to answer… Read more

August 26, 2019

Three Messages | Ephesians 4.17-24 An experiment for YouTube and the blog from some recent opportunities to share the message I’ve been honored to share some messages as an itinerant preacher at Long Lake Church and West Bay Covenant Church this summer.  There are others who have shared as well.  It’s always good to have an opportunity to do what I can, especially when I look around and see other ministers who are making amazing contributions to the greater church… Read more

August 24, 2019

Paul is known as a Rabbi, and is among this cohort of leaders that are constantly alluding to Scriptures.  His writings are a prime example of their command of Scripture.  I do not want to miss the point of these Scriptures from Ephesians.  It’s good to ask the what.  What is the message?  It’s also good at times to ask the how.  How is the message being delivered?  You can call it a homiletical curiosity about the artistic beauty of… Read more

August 15, 2019

I’ve considered a couple other options for the writings this week, revolving around Theology and philosophy.  I’ve also thought of a writing from the Pentecostal Messenger, or some of my wife’s published devotional literature.  However, this review seems to be emerging, so I offer this dialogue from a Tutorial in Philosophy of Religion.[1]  It’s in the neighborhood of Theology, philosophy, and psychology. In the introduction of Visions of Vocation, Steven Garber explains his purposes.  “We are called to be common… Read more

August 6, 2019

John Cassian is from the East but he descends to the West.  When all is said and done in his life, he is not perceived as a saint by the West, but he remains a saint in the East.  Maybe it’s because he and Augustine aren’t exactly pen pals, but they are corresponding.[1] In the previous writing, I shared some of what Cassian believes about Ephesians 4.  The Primitive Church Fathers, Patristics, or Early Church Fathers are not exactly doing… Read more

August 6, 2019

Instead of just setting up a preaching or audio clip, I’m sharing some things that have meant a lot to me during the last week in dialogue with other ministers and layleaders in Traverse City  When it comes to the Prayer Series that I’ve done, this is the first time I’ve done something different. I’ll close with a prayer I’ve developed for my writings on John Cassian.[1] Setup: Prayer Series Okay, we’ve seen goofy.  Now let’s see these teachings with… Read more

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