God is______? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Preview

If you had to describe God in one word, which is impossible I know, what word would you use?  Pause reading this, think about it, maybe write down the word, and then come back to the email. What word to you land on?  Holy?  Pure?  Trinity?  Jesus?  Perfect?  All-powerful (or its fancy synonym, “omnipotent”)?  AnotherContinue reading “God is______? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Preview”

The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3

Have you ever had the unsettling experience of being in a conversation and having very little idea of what the other person is talking about? You think to yourself, “I am embarrassed that I don’t know about this. It seems like I should have known about this.” I’ve had that feeling in my local ministerium.Continue reading “The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3”

God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5

In the previous post we learned that suffering is the way to glory. I have to admit that I don’t like the sound of that. I would rather glory come by way of ease, comfort and fun. This is precisely why Paul says what he says next in our ongoing study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Continue reading “God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5”

How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4

This week in our study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Paul writes that Christians are people who are saved. In the previous post we examined how we are saved from separation from God. In today’s post we try to understand how we are also saved for something. As Jesus taught it, we are saved to beContinue reading “How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4”

Does God choose people to be saved? – 2 Thessalonians 2:12-17, Part 2

Some Christians believe God chooses people. Some Christians believe people choose God. Which is it? As we learned in the previous post, God love us. Paul called the Christians in Thessalonica, “Brethren loved by the Lord.” Paul continues to prove that God loves them by talking about salvation.  He says that God chose them asContinue reading “Does God choose people to be saved? – 2 Thessalonians 2:12-17, Part 2”

How to think Christianly about America (or any nation) – Ezekiel 29-32, Part 5

This week we have been studying the rise and fall of great powers, because we learned about the fall of Egypt as prophesied by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 29-32. In the previous post, we learned that in recent history, the rise and fall of great powers is controlled by economics. So we have to ask, whatContinue reading “How to think Christianly about America (or any nation) – Ezekiel 29-32, Part 5”

Do our choices matter? (or is the future determined?) – Ezekiel 20, Part 4

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. In Ezekiel 20, verses 39-44, we read that Israel has a choice. They can go and serve their idols, if they wish. But they need to remember this: God’s purpose in the election of Israel will stand. A time isContinue reading “Do our choices matter? (or is the future determined?) – Ezekiel 20, Part 4”

How God can be both loving and just at the same time – Ezekiel 18, Part 4

Editor’s Note: I’m thankful to guest blogger Brandon Hershey for this week’s study of Ezekiel 18! How can God be both loving and just at the same time? Doesn’t it seem that his love will cancel out his justice, or that his justice will cancel out his love? As we continue studying Ezekiel 18, weContinue reading “How God can be both loving and just at the same time – Ezekiel 18, Part 4”

Examples of folk theology and how to avoid it – Ezekiel 13, Part 5

The snow was falling heavy, covering the road. A young man in my church was driving in the middle of the storm, lost control of his car, and it spun into a snowbank along the roadside. The car stopped with a thud. Breathing heavy, heart pounding, his hands tightly gripped the steering wheel. He lookedContinue reading “Examples of folk theology and how to avoid it – Ezekiel 13, Part 5”

Can Christians have false beliefs about God? – Ezekiel 13, Part 4

Is it possible in some way you might have a false belief about God? Maybe even in a very small way? I would like to suggest that not only is it possible for anyone, but that we would be wise to consider how it might be possible for us. As we saw in the previousContinue reading “Can Christians have false beliefs about God? – Ezekiel 13, Part 4”