One more on the Ascension. It's too easy to pass from the resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit and how he works in and though us, and sure that plays a huge part in redemptive history, but we do need to keep the whole story together. The result of such thinking is … Continue reading The Ascension – Jesus in Action!
Picking up again on last weeks subject I want to highlight the absolute need of the ascension for a fully fledged and true Christian faith. The danger perhaps is more so for those of us who don’t follow a yearly liturgy that forces us to dwell on certain parts of the story. Having said that, … Continue reading The Hope of the Ascension
Jesus called us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Traditionally in protestant evangelical theology we have made that personal, very personal – about my righteousness, my standing before God etc.. I've preached and taught it that way in the past, but is that what Jesus really meant at this point - I … Continue reading Kingdom Justice
We are saved by grace alone, though faith alone, in Christ alone. But that's not all, grace also keeps us - everyday. Grace is not only essential at the beginning, we need it all the way through and praise God as the old hymn put it, "he giveth more grace," and "he giveth, and giveth, … Continue reading Grace through all of Life
As we come towards the end of the Lord's prayer we are confronted by a request for very specific help about living in this world. Temptation and sin are common to all humanity. It doesn't matter where you live, east or west, north or south, whether you have money or none, educated or uneducated... we … Continue reading Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil