A Little Debbie Christmas

It was two days before Christmas last year and one of our friends was down with Covid. She is a schoolteacher, her husband and her have a little girl, and of course she had to remain isolated from both of them. It was a real bummer, but it was just one of those new realitiesContinue reading “A Little Debbie Christmas”

Knowing Christ (3)

We’ve discussed how knowing Christ means 1) we find our central identity and status in Him, 2) understanding the power of His resurrection, and 3) proclaiming, rehearsing, and displaying His redemptive suffering in our lives. But how do we do that last one? Is it simply through sitting in comfortable assemblies, eating the bread andContinue reading “Knowing Christ (3)”

Knowing Christ (2)

Paul goes on to contrast the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ with that which comes through the law (v. 9). He’s already told us that he was “faultless” or “blameless” in regard to possessing a righteousness from the law (v. 6). He’s certainly not saying he was perfect (as an understanding of theContinue reading “Knowing Christ (2)”

Knowing Christ (1)

Philippians 3:7-11 is a powerful text because it discusses what it means to know Christ. Jesus said in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” To know Jesus in a relational way (rather than simply knowing about Him) is to possessContinue reading “Knowing Christ (1)”

No Confidence In The Flesh

Paul talks about confidence in the flesh in Philippians 3:3-4. He speaks of disciples as those who put “no confidence in the flesh” (v. 3). Then in the next verse he uses the phrase two more times as he argues he has a greater basis for “confidence on the flesh” than anyone else. What exactlyContinue reading “No Confidence In The Flesh”

A Church That Looks Like Jesus

It seems as if there were some relational fractures among the disciples at Philippi. A couple of sisters in the Lord were estranged (4:2-3), and Paul’s words of 1:27 and 2:1ff, are all indicative of some struggles along these lines. What Paul touches upon in 1:27, he more fully develops in chapter 2. Our interestContinue reading “A Church That Looks Like Jesus”

Loving God Gloriously

Paul’s prayer for the disciples at Philippi was “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may discern what is best” (1:9-10). I think it’s safe to say this isn’t a prayer we hear every day and for most of us, it’s not something we personallyContinue reading “Loving God Gloriously”

Reflections On The Risen Life (2)

It was Philip Yancey, who when asked about the difference between disciples in China and the United States had this to say: At my church, when something bad happens, people immediately ask God to fix it: get me a job, heal my aunt, whatever. . . In China, though, I heard different prayers, not “God, takeContinue reading “Reflections On The Risen Life (2)”

The Scripture and Gender (1)

There is so much more to gender than what is covered in most discussions. The subject is as rich and deep as we are. There’s nothing definitive in what follows but I hope it helps us to catch something of the breadth of the topic. Biologically speaking 1. God created man as male and female.Continue reading “The Scripture and Gender (1)”