On Discernment and Birds: An Essay about Diversity in the Church

Friends, Since not all of you will happen to visit CRN.info, I have decided to re-post my latest entry here at Life Under the Blue Sky. While the catalyst for the post was Ingrid Schleuter’s compelling review of the Inspiring Excellence pageant at Tinley Park, Illinois, the bulk of the essay concerns unity in the… Continue reading On Discernment and Birds: An Essay about Diversity in the Church

90 Days with Jesus, Day 7: Colossians 1:7-8: Love in the Spirit

It’s that, isn’t it? He doesn’t specify who or what they were loving in the Spirit. It just says, “your love in the Spirit.” Truth be told, does it matter? Our love is not something we have to brag about to others, but if we love like Scripture says we should then it will be visible to others. “By this will the world know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Why? Because the world will see our love being demonstrated. Would that the Body of Christ could be marked by our love in the Spirit instead of marred by our hate and contempt.

Podcast #3: Colossians 2:16-23: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ’s Judgment

Friends, This is part 5 of my current sermon series based on Colossians. In this sermon, I am dealing with the issue of people who want to pile rule upon rule upon rule as requirements for salvation. The apostle says, “don’t let anyone judge you.” Sound words in our age of internet ‘discernment’ (read: judgment)… Continue reading Podcast #3: Colossians 2:16-23: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ’s Judgment

Dunn on Passing Judgment

Friends, The following is from James D.G. Dunn’s commentary on Colossians in The new International Greek Testament Commentary, Eerdmans1996. Dunn is commenting on Colossians 2:16: “Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you over food and drink or in the matter of festival, new moon, or Sabbaths.” “More noteworthy still is the use of… Continue reading Dunn on Passing Judgment

On a Proper Use of Scripture

Friends, I have been discussing how one properly uses the Bible with my friend Jeff at atheocracy. He has this happy little post concerning the recent lawsuit filed by a father against the Westboro ‘Baptist’ ‘Church’ who protested his son’s funeral. Jeff seems to think that all Christians who elevate the Bible to the place… Continue reading On a Proper Use of Scripture

90 Days with Jesus, Day 48: John 10:1-10: Jesus: Our Only Shepherd

John 10:1-10 1″I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 48: John 10:1-10: Jesus: Our Only Shepherd