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”

The danger of folk theology – Ezekiel 13, Part 1

In a Peanuts comic strip, Linus is standing next to his bed, wearing his pajamas, hands with palms together like they would be for some about to say their bedtime prayers.  But instead of kneeling at his bed and praying, Linus is standing there, looking curiously at his hands.  As his sister Lucy walks intoContinue reading “The danger of folk theology – Ezekiel 13, Part 1”

When Christians shouldn’t be so confident they’re going to heaven – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 2

We Christians tend to be pretty confident we are going to heaven when we die. Should we be so assured? In the previous post, we saw in Colossians 1:10 that God wants to be reconciled with all people. Usually Christians think of themselves as already reconciled to God, and other people as the ones whoContinue reading “When Christians shouldn’t be so confident they’re going to heaven – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 2”

You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1

What is broken in your life?  I hate to start off this week’s blog posts on such a dark note, but so many of us have broken relationships, broken situations, and they really concern us, taking loads of emotional energy, time and sometimes money.  How do we heal what is broken? I think about ourContinue reading “You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1”

A caution for Christians, in light of the breaching of the US Capitol Building, January 6, 2021

In light of the unsettling events in our nation’s capital this past week, it is important that we take a few minutes to reflect on the news theologically and biblically.  We saw images and actions, especially at the US Capitol building, which were difficult and disturbing, not just as Americans, but also as Christians.  I’dContinue reading “A caution for Christians, in light of the breaching of the US Capitol Building, January 6, 2021”

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”

3 steps to follow when talking about God (to avoid offending people) – Acts 17, Part 3

It can be difficult and scary to talk about God. And maybe for some of us, it always will be, as talking about God can feel very personal, or very easily offensive. But in this post, as we continue to follow Paul’s journey as told in Acts 17, Paul will demonstrate how to talk aboutContinue reading “3 steps to follow when talking about God (to avoid offending people) – Acts 17, Part 3”