Jesus was God or was filled by God? (and other humans can be filled by God too?) – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 4

Through the ages, one hotly debated topic in theology is how much of God is in Jesus, and how much of Jesus is in God? Paul talks about this. As we continue studying Colossians 1:15-20, Paul shifts the focus to the church, using body imagery.  Jesus is the head of the church.  We are hisContinue reading “Jesus was God or was filled by God? (and other humans can be filled by God too?) – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 4”

How to bring hope to struggling people around you – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 5

This week I hosted my local ministerium’s monthly meeting at Faith Church.  Throughout the year, we take turns, meeting at one another’s churches, and it was my turn. So I set up small round tables in our fellowship hall, spreading them out six feet apart, placing one chair per table, trying to make sure thereContinue reading “How to bring hope to struggling people around you – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 5”

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”

Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1

Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1 Which of the three persons of the Trinity do you identify most with?  God the Father, Jesus (who is God the Son), or the Spirit of God?  My guess is that for many (most?) the Spirit is in third place.  Why?  Because God the father is God. Continue reading “Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, 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”

How God’s Spirit is Alive in Us – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Part 4

Each stream of Christianity has its unique approach to the role and activity of the Holy Spirit in the life of the follower of Jesus. Some Christians feel that they know with certainty who the Spirit is and what the Spirit does. Some Christians have very little certainty. I grew up thinking the Spirit wasContinue reading “How God’s Spirit is Alive in Us – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Part 4”