The Spreading Flame

Fire pits are enjoying quite a bit of popularity these days. They seem to be everywhere.  Aside from the aesthetics of a fire (which to me are substantial), there are also few things that are physically more pleasing than the warm comfort it provides when we are cold. Our Father created our bodies in such a way thatContinue reading “The Spreading Flame”

Mountains And Models

When most of us see a mountain range, our eyes are instinctively drawn to the mountain tops. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s something about what you can see—the clarity we get through the unobstructed, panoramic, mountain top view. Whatever it is, I just know we tend to look up when we see a mountain.Continue reading “Mountains And Models”

A Great Place To Be

Beverly Gaventa notes how “prayerful thanksgiving dominates 1 Thessalonians.” Paul pauses three times in the first three chapters to give thanks (1:2, 2:13, 3:9). At the end of the letter, he encourages the disciples to “give thanks in all circumstances” (5:18). In all of this, he’s not simply repeating himself nor is he trying toContinue reading “A Great Place To Be”

Paul, Gentleness and Gender

When Paul wants to talk about their gentleness among the Thessalonians he says, “We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7). It’s a beautiful picture of tenderness and it’s set in contrast to the idea that Paul showed up barking orders and giving commands. ThatContinue reading “Paul, Gentleness and Gender”

Growing Off The Ground

Paul has some special things to say about the disciples at Thessalonica in his first letter to them. He spoke of their faith, hope and love (1:3), how they were a model to all believers (1:7), and how their faith in God had become known everywhere (1:9). But maybe the most amazing thing is thatContinue reading “Growing Off The Ground”

The Subversive Gospel

SUB-VER-SIVE – adj. Intending or intended to subvert an established order, especially to undermine or overthrow an established government. (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language) We don’t normally think of the message about Jesus as being subversive. That’s to our poverty because it absolutely is. After all, becoming a follower is spoken ofContinue reading “The Subversive Gospel”