Perfected Through Suffering

December 30, 2019

Why does God permit suffering in God’s good creation? Everyone from the small child to the career philosopher and theologian has asked this question. But I have answer, which, for me, is the only honest answer. I don’t know. I simply don’t know. Whatever reasons God may have for permitting evil and suffering, I not […]


Already But Not Yet

December 30, 2019

For disciples of Jesus, living in the present world is shaped by three horizons. First, we, along with everyone else, recognize the present creation is filled with violence and suffering; it is filled with evil. The human condition is far from ideal as racism, homophobia, sexism, murder, and injustice appear at every turn. Moreover, tsunamis, […]


Life in the Spirit: Transformation (Part 2)

December 19, 2019

Disciples of Jesus, like their Messiah, have been anointed with the Holy Spirit. Disciples of Jesus walk by the Spirit, live by the Spirit, and are led by the Spirit. The Spirit is the air we breathe and the one who empowers us. Ours is a life in the Spirit. But what do we mean […]


Life in the Spirit – Transformation (Part 1)

December 16, 2019

Disciples of Jesus, like their Messiah, have been anointed with the Holy Spirit. Disciples of Jesus walk by the Spirit, live by the Spirit, and are led by the Spirit. The Spirit is the air we breathe and is the one who empowers us. Ours is a life in the Spirit. But what do we […]


Life in the Spirit – Communion With God

December 12, 2019

Disciples of Jesus, like their Messiah, have been anointed with the Holy Spirit. Disciples of Jesus walk by the Spirit, live by the Spirit, and are led by the Spirit. The Spirit is the air we breathe and the Spirit is the one who empowers us. Ours is a life in the Spirit. But what […]


Missional Mandate: Shepherding the Creation

December 9, 2019

In the beginning of the Theodrama, God created humanity as God’s image to partner with God in the filling, co-creating, and shepherding of the creation.  When God chose Israel as the firstborn among the nations, God invested this same identity and vocation in them as they were tasked with filling the land God had given […]


Missional Mandate – Subduing the Powers

December 5, 2019

In the beginning of the Theodrama, God created humanity as God’s image to partner with God in the filling, co-creating, and shepherding of the creation.  When God chose Israel as the firstborn among the nations, God invested this same identity and vocation in them as they were tasked with filling the land God had given […]


Missional Mandate: Filling the Earth

December 2, 2019

In the beginning of the Theodrama, God created humanity as God’s image upon the earth and blessed them with a vocation. God called humanity to partner with God in the filling, co-creating, and shepherding of the creation. That we are the image of God is our identity, and the task God has given us is […]


Formation of Community – Prayer

November 28, 2019

Formed on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, this new community of Jesus followers “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Teaching, eating, and shared resources formed this new community, and prayer also formed them. Luke is rather specific. He identifies this component […]


Formation of Community: Fellowship

November 25, 2019

Formed on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, this new community of Jesus followers “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). While it is possible to understand the breaking of bread and prayers as categories under the heading of “fellowship,” the word “fellowship” […]