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Are We Ecumenical?

Are We Ecumenical?

For some, the title of this post will be a head-scratcher. What is ecumenism? What does it mean to be ecumenical? For some, the title of this post might require a trigger warning. For some, there is a growing suspicion in your mind that this might be a mid-week post that you can skip. Please don’t skip this post! Two…

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

This is a continuation of last week’s blog post. As we reflect on the legal and moral ramifications of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, we should be preparing for more conversations with others about the issue of abortion. This week I want to share with you some responses to a question about the death penalty. What you…

Post-Roe Discussions

Post-Roe Discussions

Last Friday the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Since then, the number of questions that I have interacted with about abortion has increased dramatically. In an article from a few weeks ago, I pointed to some biblical passages that argue for the full humanity of pre-born babies. Today, I…

Fully Human

Fully Human

John the Baptist was unique among men in that he was, as far as we can tell, making much of Jesus from before his birth. This is seen in Luke 1:39–45 where Elizabeth, the mother of John was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit when her child, John the Baptist, leaped in her womb at the presence of the baby Jesus…

Complete Patience and Teaching, Gentleness and Love

Complete Patience and Teaching, Gentleness and Love

 Last Sunday, we considered the origin of Peter’s bold gospel proclamation. In the book of Acts Luke focuses our attention on the power of the Holy Spirit of God to fill Christians with boldness in proclaiming the Gospel. Brothers and sisters, every age of this world is desperately in need of Christians who are bold with the Gospel, and our…

Peter’s Restoration

Peter’s Restoration

On Sunday, we reveled in the glory of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance to Peter. Specifically, we marveled at the intimacy of Jesus’ restoration of Peter. Jesus saw Peter in his failure and restored him to confidence. We also considered the thing called for by Jesus, love. Jesus called forth declarations of love from Peter as a way of erasing the failure…