How do you listen to a friend describe an encounter with the Divine? Trying to listen is as hard as trying to describe. God is beyond us. Our own existence is beyond our own ability to understand. We can’t even comprehend ourselves. How could we ever comprehend the God Whom we reflect? How could we ever find words to describe a thing we cannot comprehend?

To understand the God Whose Image we bear, one need look no further than one’s neighbor. Those around us reflect a piece of ourselves and all of us reflect certain aspects of our common Creator. One cannot understand the God Who is Love without loving His Image all around.

God binds us together, through all aspects of the Trinity. The Father holds us. The Spirit connects us. The Son relates to us, even in our temporary strengths and limitations.

When someone encounters this incomprehensible God, the experience is beyond words.  · · · →

Since I Quit Sunday Morning

Since I quit Sunday morning…

Other people understand me better. Maybe that’s because I stopped using strange words and wrong grammar just because it made sense to the 200 same people I saw every Sunday.

Since I quit Sunday morning…

Jesus got a lot bigger and a lot more real. I started to believe that all the buildings in town aren’t enough to hold all the people who are interested in a Jesus who can’t fit into Sunday morning.

Since I quit Sunday morning…

I started rolling with the punches more. Surprises didn’t upset me quite so much. Maybe that’s because Jesus didn’t have to arrange everything he wanted to do and say into the Sunday morning schedule.

Since I quit Sunday morning…

I realized that God’s sovereignty meant that I’m not allowed to blame others for my difficulties. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t around a weekly culture of one denomination or congregation always blaming the other.  · · · →

Christian ‘Offenses’

The topic of “offenses” is referred to in the Bible and relates to Jesus’ teaching about End Times (Mt 24:10). Paul also discusses the topic in relation to the End Times (2 Tim 3). This is different from leading people into sin (Mt 18:7, Lk 17:1), though it relates on the grander level of the topic.

“Offenses” between Christians is an important topic. It can help to understand some causes and their “flow” or order of the “domino effect”.

Offense, theoretically, should never happen to a mature Christian. If you are offended, that indicates an area you can grow in. Jesus was never “offended”, even when he cleansed the Temple.

Usually, when we are offended, we look at whatever offends us from a perspective of “that person was wrong”, but we don’t categorize their wrong doing properly. To overcome something that offends you, evaluate the nature of the offense right away.  · · · →

Grace v Lordship: Proper v Follower viz Poetry, Spirit, and Kingship

Note: This is in prep for upcoming changes to my longer Doctrinal Statement and may be revised.

– I had a professor in one of my two Hermeneutics classes and the Gospel of John who was in the Grace Theological Society, Dr. John Hart.
– I grew up under a Lordship Theology -trained pastor. Dr. Gerhard T. deBock, but experienced a nice contrast with the Church of God with my grandmother during my younger childhood years, which my childhood church didn’t really know much about.
– I also visited many other Christian fellowships across the North and Midwest, which I wrote about in my Crossroads series.
– My primary understanding of both comes from studying under their avid evangelists and in life and conversation, not merely through literature nor as a third-hand follower.
– Tenants of “Grace” Proper (not extra teachings spread by fans & followers of Grace Theology who tend to use it as a license to sin) is mainly theoretical: In theory, sin does not remove salvation, which is by faith, not by perfect obedience to works.  · · · →