But Never Alone

In the last blog, I spoke of us as being pilgrims, resident aliens, citizens of a heavenly kingdom serving our King in our earthly outpost. I am mindful that I might have inadvertently made that sound more like exile to some of you. Sorry about that. All I really meant to remind us of was that we aren’t home yet. But there is great encouragement in our pilgrimage here – for we travel not alone. Above all other encouragements, Christ Himself has promised to be with us, even to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:20). He said that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). Though He often walks along the road with us as the unrecognized fellow-traveler, as He did with the disciples on

Not Home Yet

Pilgrimage. Journey. These are words descriptive of the Christian faith. They indicate that we are in process. We aren’t home yet. Stanley Hauerwas of Duke University called Christians “resident aliens” to indicate that though we live here, we are citizens of another country – a heavenly one. Perhaps our experience should be akin to that of Enoch in Genesis 5:24 – we walk with God so far that He eventually brings us home to His house. However you slice it, this world at present is not what God made it to be, nor what He is redeeming it to be, and therefore it is not yet the place of our ultimate peace and satisfaction. We ain’t home yet. Once Paradise was lost, the way back home to G

Let's read the Bible this year

Perhaps you made some resolutions yesterday for the coming year. I've made one - I'm going to read the Bible all the way through in 2018. I've done this before, but I have also been inconsistent and so I would love to have some others join me. This is a good way to build a daily rhythm of giving God time and place to speak into our lives. There are many reading plans out there, but since we have just done the Alpha Course, the Bible in One Year plan is what I am recommending. It includes the daily readings and optional commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. You can get the app for your phone at the following website, or simply read along on the website. I should have posted this yeste

Children of God

In the prologue to John’s gospel, the declaration is made that all who receive the divine Word, the Word that came into the darkness of the world, are given the right to become children of God. The authority to give such a right comes from none other than that same living Word, the One who is the light and life of men – ever understood by the Church as the Lord, Jesus Christ. John makes it clear that the forging of this relationship as God’s children is not accomplished by our will or by natural processes. It is effected by the work of the Holy Spirit. Apart from this work, the apostle Paul said that we are children of wrath and dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1-3). So apparentl

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