Democracy And The Kingdom Of God (1)

If you live in America, democracy is ingrained in you. It’s in the air you breathe and the water you drink. In the language of technology, it’s our operating system. We don’t even think about it; which is another way of saying we’re not always aware of how it colors and shapes our thinking. It’sContinue reading “Democracy And The Kingdom Of God (1)”

Noise Reduction

A Quiet Place is a 2018 horror movie about a family trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where there are blind monsters with hypersensitive hearing. Any kind of noise can get you in trouble. In the movie (and it’s recently released sequel), too much noise can get you killed because it alerts theContinue reading “Noise Reduction”

Justice In The Church (2)

By providing financial assistance to widows who were really in need, the church was fulfilling a vital part of its mission. The church as the body of Christ is to practice justice, mercy, and faithfulness (see Matthew 23:23). If the church is the expression of God’s kingdom’s coming, then our Father’s will should be doneContinue reading “Justice In The Church (2)”

Justice In The Church (1)

I suppose it’s easy to dismiss 1 Timothy 5:3-16 as the first century church at Ephesus dealing with some in-house matters we don’t fully understand and therefore it has little or nothing to say to us today. But if you’ve made it very far down the biblical road, there’s probably something stirring around the backContinue reading “Justice In The Church (1)”

This Is Our Story (1)

1 Timothy is full of meaningful specifics such as when Paul talks about the assembly and the differing roles for men and women (2:8-15), gives the qualifications for elders and deacons (3:1-13), or talks about supporting certain widows (5:3-16). This is exactly the kind of thing we would expect to find when we think aboutContinue reading “This Is Our Story (1)”

Something About The Pastoral Letters

The term pastoral letters (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) is a bit of a misnomer. Timothy and Titus were not pastors in the sense in which the N.T. uses the word—that is, they did not limit their work to a single congregation as part of a group of mature men leading the congregation (seeContinue reading “Something About The Pastoral Letters”

Democracy And The Kingdom Of God (2)

So why does God have different roles for men and women when it comes to church? The better question to ask might be, why not? Once we get past the equality/ability issues, why wouldn’t God have different roles for us? Does everyone in your family have the same role? Why not? If this is so,Continue reading “Democracy And The Kingdom Of God (2)”