Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2

Do you watch the news or read articles online and wonder, “Who is right? Who can I trust?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably had conversations about Covid and treatment options, and your conversation partners were adamant about their views. But as you listened to them promoting one view or the other, you thought toContinue reading “Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2”

When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Is it just an intellectual concept that has little bearing on our real day-to-day lives? How do flesh and blood people have a meaningful relationship with invisible spirit? As a result, does God feel distant? Does it feel like God is something we read aboutContinue reading “When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4”

How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5

We started this five-part series on Ezekiel 1 asking, “How long has it been since you encountered the presence of God?” Has it been a long time? Maybe you can’t say that you’ve ever experienced the manifest presence of God? We’ve been following the vision of Ezekiel 1, and so far Ezekiel has encountered fourContinue reading “How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5”

Ezekiel and the flying table? – Ezekiel 1, Part 4

In the previous post about the vision of Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel watches shocked as four living creatures powered by the Spirit of God fly out of a thunderstorm into close proximity to him. Now read verses 15-21 where Ezekiel describes these astounding beings further. Near the feet of each creature, Ezekiel sees some unique wheels,Continue reading “Ezekiel and the flying table? – Ezekiel 1, Part 4”

Ezekiel and the Spirit-led creatures – Ezekiel 1, Part 3

This week we began studying Ezekiel chapter 1 (starting here), and so far in verses 1-4 we have learned that Ezekiel was part of a group of 10,000 Jews that were exiled from the city of Jerusalem to Babylon. After five years of living there, on the banks of the Kebar River, Ezekiel sees anContinue reading “Ezekiel and the Spirit-led creatures – Ezekiel 1, Part 3”

Does your body have a soul? – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 3

Does the body have a soul? Let’s talk about that. As we continue learning about embodiment during this fourth week of Advent, while we’re focusing on our physical or material side, what about the spiritual or immaterial side of humanity? Religion tends to emphasize the spiritual side. What we’ve been learning, though, is that ChristiansContinue reading “Does your body have a soul? – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 3”

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”

How a unique surgery helped me know what to do after voting – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 2

An acquaintance of Michelle and mine recently had a terrible accident at his work.  He is a contractor and was operating a cement mixer, got his hands caught in there, and the machine did serious damage to both hands.  One hand was far worse than the other, and for that hand surgeons are attempting aContinue reading “How a unique surgery helped me know what to do after voting – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 2”

How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Is it possible that you might have grieved or quenched the Spirit? We learned in the previous post that the Spirit of God is hard at work in lives.  But what if we don’t know it, or realize it, or feel it?  That would be a bummer, right? Continue reading “How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4”