Roman But Not Catholic – Part 1

I could not be more excited about a book! Roman But Not Catholic, is a book co-authored by one of my professors. This book is meant to examine the issues that still divide Catholics and Protestants. It also seeks to be ecumenical in the true sense of the word. And finally, it is meant to […]

Martin Luther – A Sola in Memory of the Reformation

  500 years ago, Martin Luther began his trek that we have all come to know as the Protestant Reformation. What started small, became monumental. To this day, there is still significant debate over what took place and the benefits and drawbacks of the Reformation period. One benefit that is also a detriment is Luther’s […]

Essentials / Non-Essentials / Other – Part 1

There is a great saying (which is a little hard to track down who said it first) that I think we can regain in our church and in the wider body of Christ. On Essentials Unity, Non-Essentials Liberty, in All Things Charity. In other words, those teachings of “The Faith” that are essential, we should work […]

ORDERED LOVE – ORDERED CHURCH – PART 7 – Length of Service

There are always those contingents in the body of Christ that want a ‘longer service.’ Their reasons are because they want ‘more room for the spirit to move.’ The trouble with this approach is several fold. First, the Bible is a collection of books largely written to help order the thinking and practices of various […]

ORDERED LOVE – ORDERED CHURCH – PART 6

People can see a miracle and still not trust us. A move of God can take place and some people still do not become followers of Christ. It happened with Jesus and it will happen with us. But, one thing that we can do to insure that those who can come will come, and those […]

ORDERED LOVE – ORDERED CHURCH – PART 4

In 1 Cor. 14:32-33 we learn Paul’s answer to the undiscerned and ecstatic (free-floating) spiritual experiences of the Corinthians. His answer to them is that the “Spirit of the Prophets is controlled by the Prophets.” In other words, no free-floating uncontrolled spiritual experience or spiritual ‘priming of the pump’ in order to create their chosen […]

ORDERED LOVE – ORDERED CHURCH – PART 3

However strange it may sound to any Charismatic’s ears, Paul is quite quick to down the spiritual gifts in his letter to the Corinthians. To be sure, he is also quick to say that he is a participant in the gifts. But, his purpose in doing so is to develop level footing with his audience. […]

ORDERED LOVE – ORDERED CHURCH – PART 2

Order, form, and the church have always been a topic of discussion for Christians. There are those who say they want more freedom and then there are those who say they want more order. The Apostle Paul had to deal with the same questions in his day. And, the overall answer he gives is one […]

Ordered Love – Ordered Church – Part 1

Today, I am beginning a new series on thinking through ‘spirituality’ and the church. So, please catch the other 5-10 blogs on the subject that are coming. In part, this blog is meant to be something that can enhance our senses of discernment. There is so much passed under the guise of ‘spiritual’ or even […]