Allegedly, some teenagers shooting fireworks in an incredibly dry forest started the fire. It has been reported that they were admonished and warned, which they subsequently laughed off and then continued with their momentary excitement with the fireworks.
The apostles lead us to contemplate the fact that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father incarnate. Some of their statements about Jesus are quite astounding. It was fidelity to this apostolic witness to Jesus that expanded the mind of the early Church and led to the recognition that God is eternally Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three distinct persons, indivisibly one divine being.
Ever hear the phrase, “You need to commit your life to Christ”?
I have… used to hear it and say it all the time. It was the prescription for spiritual health.
Struggling with anxiety? You need to commit your life to Christ. Emotionally gutted because of betrayal or treachery? You need to commit your life to Christ. Not sure where you will go when you die? You need to commit your life to Christ.
So often did I hear this idea it seemed it was a mantra of some kind. I think I get what those who used (and maybe still do) the expression were trying to convey – We need to trust in Jesus.
When Paul Young wrote The Shack he did not intend a large-scale challenge of Western Christianity. He intended to help his children see through the disastrous vision of God that he himself had been taught and to help them see in a story that God is Love, real love,
Participation in Grace Alone
The various Grace Movements of our day feature a spectrum of convictions regarding the unilateral grace of God through the finished work of Christ. In this blog, I’d like to address this range, problematizing some extremes and proposing a way forward that takes seriously our participation in grace-alone salvation.
Have you ever thought about what eternal life is? I mean, have you actually tried to define it? Usually, what I came up with was pretty straightforward. Eternal life is to live forever. You know, life without end. But, after digging a little I found something that was a bit surprising…
Of all the times in Scripture where the phrase “eternal life” is used, I discovered that statement is where