No, the title isn't a misspelling. I know you want it to say, "Pure Love," and it kind of does. Our word, "pure," comes from the Greek word, "pur." But "pur" doesn't mean, "pure;" it's Greek for "fire." When I speak of "pur love," I'm talking about love that cleanses through burning - love … Continue reading Pur Love
Changing churches looks and feels a lot like going through a divorce. When would God have us move on?
When we say that we're "sharing life," we're being intentionally ambiguous kind of like this picture. Like the faces pointing in, we're sharing our lives. According to St. James, the kingdom of God operates under one law, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (James 2:8). Of course we can't do that from a distance and so … Continue reading In a Foxhole
Christ said, "On this rock, I will build my church." (Matt. 16:18) Paul wrote that, "His (God's) intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." … Continue reading Stand Up, Church
Consumerism in church is more dangerous than most of us know. Not only does it siphon off the missional focus which Christ gave us and which legitimizes our existence, it strips the church of its ability to produce Christlike disciples. According to Paul, the church grows as all of the members speak the truth in love. … Continue reading Love Hurts
If we're working too hard to bring one person to Christ, we might have more in common with the Pharisees than with Jesus.
Here is a quote from theologian Derek Tidball on the spirituality of the cross experienced in community: We do not stand as individualists at the foot of the cross. It brings us into reconciled relationships with others and it forms a community in which we come together in the breaking of bread, serve one another … Continue reading The Cruciform Community