How all Christians have a responsibility to be priests

Christians, you are all priests!  All week long we have been looking at some unusual ways Peter describes Christians’ identity and responsibility.  A holy nation, living stones, and now priests!  Yesterday we talked about how Christians can understand their identity as priests. Now let’s look at how Peter in 1 Peter 2:4-10 describes as ourContinue reading “How all Christians have a responsibility to be priests”

How all Christians should identify as priests

Sometimes people have bizarre reactions when they learn I am a pastor.  If they had been cursing, once they find out I’m a pastor, they’ll over-apologize and try to stop.  Often they’ll ask where Faith Church is and talk about how they’ll visit some Sunday. Even people within our church family can have strange reactions. Continue reading “How all Christians should identify as priests”

Why all Christians need to see that they are living stones and priests

We’ve been seeing lots of images of lava in the news in the last month or so, as volcanic activity has rocked Hawaii and Guatemala. Red hot glowing lava seems alive, as it crawls along the ground.  But it is not alive.  Lava is molten stone.  There is no stone that is alive.  Maybe somethingContinue reading “Why all Christians need to see that they are living stones and priests”

Would you go to a church named “The Church of the Holy Royal Priesthood of the Living Stones”?

I would like to propose a new church name: Church of The Holy Royal Priesthood of the Living Stones. Do you like it?  Would you go to that church? I don’t know if I would.  I’d be thinking, “Huh? Something is off there.”  I would really be suspicious of going to a church with thatContinue reading “Would you go to a church named “The Church of the Holy Royal Priesthood of the Living Stones”?”

Naming a new church is difficult (and the Bible might make it worse!)

Have you noticed the trend in the last 15-20 years to give churches unique names? For years Christian churches tended to be named by one of four methods.  The first two methods are quite practical. First, it could be simply the location, usually connected to a denomination’s name.  A church is named for its townContinue reading “Naming a new church is difficult (and the Bible might make it worse!)”