Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 3

See pt 2 How Much to Forgive If I use the pattern of forgiveness given in the story of the servant who owed a million dollars, I naturally answer the question of how much debt to forgive: the entire thing. The story shows the servant should’ve had the same mercy on his friend, but theContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 3”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 2

See pt. 1 It’s Hard to Forgive The command to forgive is simple, the execution isn’t. Forgiveness can make me feel vulnerable to more pain. And it’s hard to forgive when what happened was particularly hurtful. Perhaps a friend humiliated me in front of a crowd. Perhaps a boss fired me to cover up forContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 2”

On Sexual Immorality, pt. 3

Part 1 covered Acts 15, the story of the young Church’s debate over what parts of the Law of Moses would be required for new Gentile believers. Part 2 zoomed in on one of the four requirements the Church picked: to abstain from sexual immorality. A summary of the four requirements: Exodus 34:12-17. Eating foodContinue reading “On Sexual Immorality, pt. 3”

On Sexual Immorality, pt. 2

See pt. 1 The Original Design (Genesis 1:27, 2:18-24) Genesis says God created humans in His image. And it says he made two kinds of humans: male and female. But the first male, Adam, was created alone. God did say the man shouldn’t stay alone, so He set about looking for a partner for himContinue reading “On Sexual Immorality, pt. 2”

On Sexual Immorality, pt. 1

A Story of Circumcision In the beginning, the Church was only Jews. Jesus did come for the lost sheep of Israel after all. These Christian Jews accepted him as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. When the first Gentiles (a word that means non-Jews) accepted Him as the Christ, too, the Church was surprisedContinue reading “On Sexual Immorality, pt. 1”

Excellence is not Perfection

Excellence in our service to God is great, whether worshipping through music or caring for the needy. But excellence is not perfection. To excel literally means to rise out from somewhere, like a rocket or a comet. We shine as we shoot out into the darkness, bringing the lights of God’s praises into view forContinue reading “Excellence is not Perfection”

Let Us Not Neglect Our Meeting Together: The Pleasure in Gathering with the Church

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬) There’s a lot to be said about tradition, ceremony, and formality. A lot of good things. These things bind generation to generation, inspire awe andContinue reading “Let Us Not Neglect Our Meeting Together: The Pleasure in Gathering with the Church”