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Easter: It’s More

Every year around this time, we can count on bumper-sticker-worthy quips and sermonettes reminding us that Easter is about more than egg-laying bunnies and candy. Most people–even if they don’t believe it–have heard this. So I’ll trust that we’re all on the same page here, and move on to what’s been occupying my heart this pre-dawn Easter morning.

Easter is more.

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Mine! Mine!

Alternatively titled, “What you won’t hear the Apostle Paul say.”

I’ve been chewing on this for a little while as I work my way through Paul’s epistles. During this project, I’ve discovered a funny side effect of getting to know the biblical authors better: I get annoyed when people say things about them that I don’t think are true. In this case, I found myself chafing at a rather pervasive idea commentators seem to have have about Paul. Many of them consider him to be quite possessive of the churches he planted.

At one level, I can see how they could arrive at this conclusion. With texts like these…

Ga 4:16-17; 5:12 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. …I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

2Co 10:13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us–a sphere which especially includes you.

2Co 11:5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles…

2Co 12:11 …I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles…

…it’s easy to walk away with the idea that Paul was a little jumpy about losing his ministry base. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians

 

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One Person

In the past few days, I’ve been fascinated to think of Jesus as one Person. At first, that sounds like a pretty inane thing to be fascinated by. After all, everyone else I know is only one person apiece, and that doesn’t strike me as the least bit exciting. However, I’ve been thinking about this as it pertains to Jesus’ incarnation.

In Christology, it can be said that there are four main pillars of truth concerning who Jesus is and what His nature is like. They are:

  1. Jesus is fully God
  2. Jesus is fully Man
  3. Jesus has two distinct natures
  4. Jesus is one, unconfused Person

(In fact, if you’ve been reading this blog for a super long time — and have an exceptional memory — you might notice that we’ve discussed these points before.)

So what is the significance of Jesus being one Person? Why put so much emphasis on something that seems so self-evident? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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For now, a question…

I hope to address this in more detail soon, but I figured it would make good food for thought in the meantime.

As I continue to study the topic of women in ministry, I’m continually seeing the complementarian argument appeal to the order of Creation. Adam was created first, and according to the argument, this means he was created with the principle of the firstborn. As the “firstborn”, he thus had unique responsibilities and priveleges. Probably a third to half of the points of contention point back to this argument, saying that we have to ask ourselves the question of why Adam was created first, when God could have easily created man and woman at the same time.

I have several thoughts on that, but it occurred to me the other day that maybe this is asking the wrong question. Should we be asking why God created Adam first, or should we rather ask the question, “Why did God create Adam alone” (especially since He knew that it was “not good”)?

Think about it — I am, and I hope to write more soon.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2009 in Women in Ministry

 

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Trinity Stuff

This less-than-profound title is the most I could muster up for the subject of an email I wrote today.

I’m auditing the class “Existence and Majesty of God” in the NightWatch School of Ministry right now, taught by Wes Martin and Luke Wood. It’s a great class, and today we talked about the Trinity — half of the session was going through the Athanasian Creed and related Scriptures, and the other half was a lot of “What?” “Whoa!” “I don’t know…” and “My brain hurts.”

A friend of mine and I were talking about it some more during the class break, and she basically asked me to email her with what we had discussed. Let me tell you, trying to put words to the doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most intimidating things on earth. Most of the effort of writing is trying desperately to skirt heresy. Things like, “When speaking of the Triune God, should I say ‘He’ or ‘They’?” and “Dare I attempt to postulate what things would be like if God were only one Person, instead of three?” AUGH.

That might explain why it took me an hour to write four paragraphs. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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“I AM” is followed by a period, not a fill-in-the-blank.

I was driving my car the other day, listening to the local Christian radio station. I have discovered that out of all the songs I have heard which center around God’s pivotal self-revelation, “I AM” (Exodus 3:14), 80-90% of those songs absolutely drive me up the wall. That’s because those 80-90% of songs convey something along the following lines:

“When you need a soft place to land, I am your big fluffy pillow / When you need a morale boost, I am your cheerleader / When you’re feeling weary, I am your double shot / When you get lost, I am your GPS…”

Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. But here’s the point: These songs all say, from the Lord’s voice (and not often in Biblical language), “I am whatever you want/need Me to be”. It’s supposed to be very encouraging to know that, good ol’ God, He’s such a great buddy. What a pal. What a nice quick fix. Whatever I need, He will become to me.

I believe it was A.W. Tozer who described this sentiment as trying make God in our own image. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Knowledge of God

 

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Word of Life Meeting 15

Well, there were only two of us today, but we had a good time. We’re discussing chapter 10, which is about Jesus’ death. Most of what we discussed today was about Jesus’ humility, and the purpose of His suffering.

Jesus’ humility is absoutely stunning. I don’t care how much thought you’ve given it in the past; there’s always more room to go back and marvel again. He is eternal God. He needed nothing; He was completely happy and self-sufficient within the Trinity. Yet He wanted to express His love to humanity, so He created us. He emotionally invested Himself in us. He gave us free will, knowing we would do hurtful things to Him with it, and He did it anyway. He didn’t shut His heart to us. That’s humble.

Not only did He create us out of love and humility, He then became one of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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