In Peter’s letter scattered to the small Christian communities throughout Asia Minor (modern Turkey), he offered them the most crucial resource for survival needed by those undergoing great suffering –…
The Scriptures are called a light unto our feet, a lamp unto our path; its said that it enlightens the eyes of our hearts. But unlike the light of creation,…

Even though God, in himself, is unknowable and dwells in unapproachable light, he has addressed us in the creation. We are constantly, in every moment of our waking lives, having…
The season of Epiphany is about Jesus Christ as the light of the world.  His life and teaching are not private religion for the needs of a few - it’s…

Flawed Systems

December 31, 2017
The systems we create to find peace, hope, joy, and love are temporary, flawed, and are mere imitations of the real thing. Jesus is our permanent, perfect, and personal savior…

The Love of Advent

December 24, 2017
The promise of God’s love is the single greatest hope of human beings, whether they know it or not. But it is easily missed and misunderstood. Human beings only know…

The Joy of Advent

December 17, 2017
Joy doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness of a whimsical nature but rather a deep heartfelt gratefulness that comes from understanding pain. Isaiah 61 magnifies Gods plan and intention of salvation…

The Peace of Advent

December 10, 2017
It's hard to imagine that true peace might be something we don't really want - but when considering the evidence of the world's ongoing strife and the ongoing tumult in…

The Hope of Advent

December 3, 2017
Hope is not just an optimistic attitude about one’s circumstances - it is a certainty of well-being which tracks with reality. The prayer of Isaiah reflects the agony of maintaining…
David’s lament is and example to us for how to process suffering and pain. Ultimately we can have hope in the midst of suffering because we have a God who…
As we near the end of the Christian year we are taking time to gather up some of what we've learned in the liturgical seasons which have guided us through…
Because the Church is just another name for a series of friendships created by God’s own great offer of friendship in Christ, there’s no relationship unaffected by its equalizing power.…
The relationship between older and younger was, in Paul’s mind, the one necessary thing for a young church plant to have any hopes of reaching its culture. It was the…
Macedonian churches like the one in Philippi were founded, hosted and led by several leading women in the community. It's not a surprise then, that Paul should admonish them not…
Last week Sharad talked about how, contrary to the wisdom of the world (since basically forever), opposite gender friendships are not only healthy and beautiful expressions of the Kingdom, but…
From the earliest explorations of friendship in literature and philosophy people have asked whether men and women can really be friends. The conclusion is almost unanimous - probably not. Traditional…
American society makes it very difficult to keep and maintain the sort of friendships scripture calls us to. In order to have friends until you die, we have to be…
The principles of finding friends tend to be the same priorities which maintain healthy relationships. The proximity that began the friendship also maintains it through regular visits. The mutuality which…