In the Image of God

Let’s talk about being “made in the image of God” – the “Imago Dei.” Perhaps we’ve played right into our enemy’s plans to disrupt the maturing of the eternal Body of Christ. The Creation of Mankind The NASB translates Genesis 1:26-27 this way: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make mankind […]

They/Them

A Christian coffee shop that I know about has a non-binary-identifying employee. The shop’s motto is “Love God, Love People, Love Coffee,” and their Facebook presence is full of customers celebrating God’s love. The shop chose to celebrate God’s love for that individual on social media a couple days ago. […]

Live Like No One Else… but why?

It occurred to me recently that I’ve had far more training at our church in various classes and recommendations from the pulpit on how to make my money work for me to secure my future, than training in how to make that money effectively serve the poor and needy in […]

The Bride

As a man, I’ve always identified more with verses about being a son or king or priest than being a daughter or queen. Lately the Lord has been talking to me about being the Bride of Christ, and what that looks like. All my life, I’ve been interested in Revelations, […]

CRT and “Objective Truth”

“CRT denies that objective truth exists.” “CRT denies that objective truth exists in current politics and social science.” Those are two dramatically different assertions. The phrase “objective truth” has suddenly become a common talking point by anti-CRT activists and politicians. They assert that CRT denies that objective truth exists, period. […]

What is Justice?

“Come now, let us reason together; though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow.” That’s a favorite verse for many Christians, myself included. What recently caught my attention was the context in Isaiah 1: “Stop doing evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, […]

By Way of Introduction

Hello, world. 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for everyone. To me, the process felt like a refining, like living through a crucible experience. Many things in my life were burned away. Many choices had to be made about what really matters. Gold cannot be refined in a crucible […]

More Pruning

Here’s today’s parable: I didn’t really feel like picking berries today. But I realized that I don’t get to choose when the harvest is ready. I either respond to the Lord’s timing, or the fruit is wasted.

Pruning

Last June, I posted an observation about pruning, and what I saw happening in 2020. Today I went out to harvest the wild blueberry bush in my front yard. This February I pruned it more heavily than ever before. Today was the first harvest after that pruning. Take a look […]