July in Pictures: Happy Birthday Felicity

The Weightier Matters of the Law

I’ve mentioned this before, but the phenomenon of “converting” from and to various communions in the body of Christ seems to me to be largely a convenience of western civilization along the lines of having the convenience to choose between a myriad of restaurants, various styles of clothing, and having grocery stores that supply us…

Celebrating the Humility of Jesus

This meal is called communion, it is a sharing in the body and blood of the Lord. This meal is a celebration of the great humility of Jesus who gave up everything for us men and our salvation. This is why Paul get’s so bothered by the arrogance that some were displaying in the early…

Looking Through the Resurrection

We considered this morning the example of Christ who humbled himself even to the point of death on a cross as an act of identifying with his people. Paul exhorts us to pursue the same mind, and ultimately the mind of Christ which is willing to even die. Elsewhere, Paul says in Romans that baptism…

Eleventh Sunday in Trinity: Toward a Theology of Other People 3: Philippians 2:1-14

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we ask you to give us courage this morning as we consider your word. We are afraid of really submitting to your word, and we are often even more fearful of submitting to other people. Teach us to rejoice in obedience, but even more, teach us to see the glory of…

Submitting in Faith

The gospel, the good news, is that we have a king who has come and delivered us from all our enemies through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension. But if you believe this gospel, and if you believe it is good news for all of life, for the entire world, then your mission is to…

Authority, Tradition, and Heroes

So Matt and Brad have asked the question that is lurking behind a good bit of this discussion, and that has to do with the nature of authority. When must Christians submit to authority? At what point is a Christian justified in fleeing that authority, rejecting authority, etc? I just want to start the conversation…

Deep Smit: Learning to Kiss Real Icons

Josh Gibbs has a new post up covering our most recent conversation. I have deep respect for a man who takes the counsel of his friends and elders seriously, and since I had responded to some of his recent posts here, I wanted to thank him for that here as well. But a few other…

Who Do You Trust?

A good friend of mine, Josh Gibbs, has posted a couple of recent entries on his blog that I wanted to respond to. First, in his Joe Versus the Volcano post from July 17th, he suggests that perhaps one of the ways of looking at the cross-migration of folks to and from various traditions of…

Living Icons

Throughout the history of the Church there have been numerous controversies surrounding pictures and images of Christ and the saints, but most Christians, including the Reformers, have insisted that this meal is an authorized image of Christ. But it is not bread and wine by themselves which consists of this picture, and that is why…