Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus – Part 2

Ending the cycle of violence and beginning a new cycle of grace

Have you ever been wronged? I’m confident that most, if not all of you, would say yes. For those who have, Jesus provides us with a quick and decisive response. “Love your enemies.” In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (5:43), he chose to frame this portion of teaching by using tradition as a point […]

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Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus – Part 1

Blessed are the poor - including the excluded

The biblical impetus behind this two-part series is what has commonly been referred to as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, or in this case The Sermon on the Plain, in Luke 6. Part one will focus Luke 6:20, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” While some hold to […]

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Christian Legalism: A Dead End

In Christianity Sometimes Less is More

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul included several powerful and thought-provoking questions for their serious consideration: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain […]

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The Pentecostal Foursquare Gospel and the Kingdom of God

Revisiting early Pentecostal themes for a contemporary generation.

During the early stages of the Pentecostal movement, four doctrines in particular began to emerge that not only shaped the experience of its people, but also came to define the ethos of the movement itself. Commonly referred to as the Foursquare Gospel, the themes were: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine healing, and the second […]


What is God Like?

Learning to center our understanding and experience of God in Jesus.

When you think about God, what picture comes to mind? For so many of us, we picture God as someone who is inclined to be against us, not for us. We picture God as someone who is always looking for an opportunity to judge us; a God who expects absolute perfection from us at all […]

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Pentecostal Christianity: A Faith Worth Seeking

Pentecostalism has often been referred to as a contemporary expression of evangelical piety, characterized preeminently by its emphasis on the heart aspects of Christianity, while found to be lacking in the categories of the mind. Though oftentimes viewed as making a number of positive contributions as a renewal movement within evangelicalism, primarily in relation to […]


The Missing Piece in the Discipleship Puzzle

Moving from the information age to the apprentice stage.

I just finished reading Matthew’s account of the Jesus-story, specifically the last three chapters. I’ve read this section many times before and have been moved in a slightly different way each time. Here are two things that stood out to me during this particular reading. 1. The first was the variety and content of the insults directed towards […]

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Following Jesus Begins and Ends in How We Read His Story

Learning to Let Go of Chapter and Verse to Embrace the Bible as Story

Following Jesus is not about chapter and verse, but about allowing the life and way of Jesus’ entire existence to define and order our own. Picking and choosing a verse here and a verse there is not the way to follow Jesus because he can never be constrained by simple chapter and verse. There’s more […]

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