When Christians have false ideas about God – Ezekiel 13, Preview

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and thought to yourself, “Woah…they have some strange ideas!”???  Do you confront them?  Do you ask for more details?  Do you just let it go?  Maybe it’s not worth the trouble.  Or maybe, we need to be more like children.  Children?  Yes. Think about the classicContinue reading “When Christians have false ideas about God – Ezekiel 13, Preview”

What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post

For Christmas Eve, Faith Church included as part of our worship service, the excellent depiction of the Christmas Story as told by the TV show The Chosen. Before continuing with this post, I urge you to watch the episode below: As I watched the first part of the video, the introduction felt very familiar.  RememberContinue reading “What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post”

How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5

What should we do to use our bodies to express our faith?  In the previous post, I mentioned church attendance. But an embodied faith must go well beyond church worship service attendance. So look to Jesus.  Jesus had a human body, and he showed us how to live.  Jesus invites to do what he did.Continue reading “How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5”

Christmas and the abortion debate – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned that Christmas has a significant connection to the abortion debate. How so? Consider what we read in Psalm 139:13-16a, where the Old Testament King and Poet, David, writes: “13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully andContinue reading “Christmas and the abortion debate – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 2”

Christianity is not a purely spiritual faith – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 1

Our is an embodied faith. The opposite of this is the view that says ours is a purely spiritual faith.  But Christianity is not a purely spiritual faith.  Does that sound odd or wrong?  Let me say it again.  Christianity is not a purely spiritual faith.  Upon hearing that some might think, “What are youContinue reading “Christianity is not a purely spiritual faith – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 1”

Examine how you love – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 3

Examine how you love. Do you know how to examine your love? Or do you just assume that you are good at loving? Have you ever thought about that? As we continue studying Honest Advent, we are learning what gifts Jesus wants us to give him for Christmas. Last week we learned to give him theContinue reading “Examine how you love – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 3”

How to know if you a truly a follower of Jesus – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 2

I was recently talking with someone about their spiritual journey. They said that they grew up in a Christian family, and they didn’t remember having what some people call a “moment of decision,” which is a distinct memory of their willful choice to believe in and give their lives to Jesus. You might hear someContinue reading “How to know if you a truly a follower of Jesus – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 2”

What it means that “God is Love” – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 1

During Honest Advent we are looking at what gifts we can give Jesus. Last week we learned that one of the gifts he wants is our vulnerability.  What we are starting to find in this Advent series is that the gifts Jesus wants are gifts that he first gave us.  Think about how Jesus gaveContinue reading “What it means that “God is Love” – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 1″

The Weirdness of Christmas – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 1

Have you heard that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday party?  We use that idea often with children.  It’s not wrong, but it always seemed slightly off to me.  First of all, the biblical Gospels say nothing about the day on which Jesus was born.  The Gospels don’t mention the year, month, or the day of week. Continue reading “The Weirdness of Christmas – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 1”

What is the Trinity and what is Jesus’ role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1

Have you heard of the idea that God is a Trinity? Can you explain it? The Trinity is how we Christians view God.  The word Trinity is a combination of two words: Tri-unity, meaning that God is Three, but One.  Because that math doesn’t add up, three doesn’t equal one, people have used illustrations orContinue reading “What is the Trinity and what is Jesus’ role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1”