We should move from celebrating days to observing seasons

The other day I read a quick thought on missing opportunities of seasons in our lives as Western Christians because we celebrate days instead of walking through seasons. We get so worked up to prepare a church for Easter weekend services, most bigger church staffs on more than figuratively dead on Monday and in needContinue reading “We should move from celebrating days to observing seasons”

The need of the Church

The need of the Church is not some cleansing to make sure we have some very strict doctrinal stance memorized perfectly. Doctrine is important. Teaching is vital. Memorizing something to sound absolutely correct and then demanding that precision accuracy of everyone else is not healthy. The need of the Church is not beating our oneContinue reading “The need of the Church”

Resurrection and Pentecost

The call to Christianity is the call to community. It is not a community we get to pick. It is the Kingdom of God. We WANT to pick it, and therein lies the rub. It is probably why we are all so divided all the time. We want to PICK our “neighbors” and the KingdomContinue reading “Resurrection and Pentecost”

Receive the Holy Spirit

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (Jn. 20:21-23, NIV)   The resurrection is not about apologetics. It isContinue reading “Receive the Holy Spirit”

Prayer for the Day as We Head into Pentecost Sunday

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and kindle in us the fire of your love. All who are led by the Spirit are children of God and fellow-heirs with Christ. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people.  Renew the face of your creation, Lord, pouring on us the gifts ofContinue reading “Prayer for the Day as We Head into Pentecost Sunday”

When the Spirit Comes

The wind of the Spirit is powerful. What happens when you’re IN a hurricane wind is vital. Obviously, most of the time, the best idea is to avoid the hurricane wind. N.T Wright describes it this way: It’s important that someone somewhere is tracking the hurricane and telling us what it’s doing, but when itContinue reading “When the Spirit Comes”