We willingly take on the weight of the world when we make ourselves its center. Laying this aside through imitating Christ in a posture of humility is to become greater while simultaneously become less.
Resurrection surprises us. More often it bores us. In Christ, let us be reawakened to the awe and majesty of the life given to us through death.
I found this great definition of the work of a theologian over on Steve Holme’s blog, Shored Fragments. It’s worth a read and a ponder, especially in regards to the centrality of Christ’s church in the work of theology. As a pastor, I have often wrestled with my (seemingly unneeded) work as a theologian. This was […]
by Mike Phay Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” I propose a new definition, with the help of 17th century English Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs, from his classic The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment: “What is it that satisfies […]
by Mike Phay If you are a Christian with even a modicum of exposure to those outside of the faith, you have probably experienced being labeled as a hypocrite. The bite of this accusation, though stemming from a perceived inconsistency between our words and our lives, is rooted in the repeated failure of believers to […]
This is Part 4 of a 4-part discussion about how pastors can move forward in a society that has legally redefined marriage. The particular issue at hand is the signing of state-issued marriage certificates.* The full article can be found here. A Way Forward for those Refusing to Sign So what would it look like for […]
This is Part 3 of a 4-part discussion about how pastors can move forward in a society that has legally redefined marriage. The particular issue at hand is the signing of state-issued marriage certificates.* The full article can be found here. Retaining a Cultural Voice: Clergy should continue signing state-issued marriage certificates. The reasoning for this side […]