I had therefore to remove knowledge, to make room for belief. - Immanuel Kant
Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

God of Once

The God of Once

There are so many occurrences in the Bible that are only mentioned once.  For instance, there is only one recorded instance of Jesus turning water into wine, only one moment when Jesus walks on water, and only one great flood that reset the righteousness of earth. These are the times when God simply refuses to let one moment define Him or the way He operates.  It’s so easy to look at the scriptures and reduce God to an equation of cause and effect.  We […]

Sin-Habits

Sin-Habits

In his book, The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson writes a powerful chapter titled The Apocalyptic Pastor. Within that chapter he comments, “Sin-habits dull our free faith into stodgy moralism and respectable boredom; then crisis rips the veneer of cliché off everyday routines and reveals the side-by-side splendors of heaven and hell.”

Dysfunctional Love

Bad Bananas and Dysfunctional Love

Semantics can be an appropriate pain. The first question you may ask is, “What constitutes as dysfunctional?” For dysfunction to exist we must have a sound understanding of what is functional, what is right, what is how it should be. If we know how a thing ought to be, we are alert when a thing is not what it ought to be. For instance, I have a banana on my kitchen counter at home that is starting to go bad. How do […]

Worthy Chocolate

Worthy Chocolate

Walking down the quaint city streets of Sausalito, California, full of high-end mom and pop shops, I stumbled upon this delightful chocolate store. Inside was an incredibly friendly chocolatier. The shop smelled like 100 kinds of chocolate, although I’m not sure there exists such a number. This place was the love child of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Rodeo Drive. As I approached the counter I saw row after row of neatly arranged truffles spouting out flavor combinations I would […]

Tongue

A Tongue That Knows

Of course it’s possible that the tongue would flap forming incoherent and generally disruptive sounds of no value, however for most of us our language is not gibberish but an intelligible and intentional composition of words and thoughts conveying what is in our minds, and more frequently, what is in our hearts. There has been this increasingly irritating movement of profanity among those professing to be Christian. Why would such a thing happen? Does God’s word say nothing of the matter? […]

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