4 Signs You Might Be A Petty Tribalist

According to the Apostle Paul, petty tribalism keeps us from growing in our faith and achieving our full potential as followers of Jesus Christ: “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for youContinue reading “4 Signs You Might Be A Petty Tribalist”

Towards Unity Of Mind And Judgment

Disunity in the church has always been a problem: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV) Unity is hardContinue reading “Towards Unity Of Mind And Judgment”

12 Simple Rules (For Following and Serving Jesus in Difficult Times)

Christians all over the western world are waking up to the reality that we no longer occupy a privileged position within the majority culture. Increasingly, we find ourselves being pushed to the outer margins. The passage of Bill C-4 in Canada and the ongoing legal battle in Finland have made us all acutely aware ofContinue reading “12 Simple Rules (For Following and Serving Jesus in Difficult Times)”

Make Disciples FROM All Nations Or OF All Nations?

Are we to make disciples of people FROM all nations or are we to make disciples OF all nations? I suppose you could make an argument that, at least in English, both options are grammatically possible. The text reads as follows: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go thereforeContinue reading “Make Disciples FROM All Nations Or OF All Nations?”

Render Unto Caesar

Until Jesus returns to reign and rule over all things to the glory of the Father, Christians will find themselves living under two different forms and expressions of authority. Jesus addressed this head on saying: “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21 ESV)Continue reading “Render Unto Caesar”

The Path Between Legalism And Antinomianism

As long as the church has existed it appears that there have been some people making too much of the law and some people making too little. The Apostle Paul spent a great deal of his time pushing back against those who were making too much of the law. To the Galatians he said thingsContinue reading “The Path Between Legalism And Antinomianism”

Was Job A Communist? (A Brief Clarification)

Apparently on Sunday I gave a few people the impression that Job may have been a closet communist. When I first heard of that confusion I laughed and assumed that the person had simply misheard me. When a second person raised the same question, it occurred to me that I may have accidentally misspoken. RestContinue reading “Was Job A Communist? (A Brief Clarification)”

Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers

This is a classic case of “right principle, wrong application”: They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly ofContinue reading “Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers”

God Is Not Unreasonable

God is not “permissive”, but neither is he unreasonable. Reasonable exceptions to general rules are peppered all across the pages of Holy Scripture. In Numbers 9 verses 1-3 for example, we read: And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had comeContinue reading “God Is Not Unreasonable”