Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus

Part 1: Blessed are the Poor

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 […]


Grace and Forgiveness: Cardinal Virtues in a Hostile World

The revenge motif may be all too common and acceptable in our world, but that model does not apply in the Kingdom of God.

To err is human; to forgive is divine. Our society is bent on retribution and revenge. I don’t get mad, I get even seems to illustrate the prevailing consensus in the world, while the qualities of grace and forgiveness appears to be the exception rather than the rule. For whatever reason, people are more apt […]

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2 Reasons NOT to Keep Christ in Christmas

We 'Keep Christ in Christmas' when Jesus' posture of humility shapes our life in the world.

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links, blog posts and videos. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember and live […]

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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 […]


Contemporary Church Worship: A Liturgy of Entertainment?

Moving Away From the Weekly Show to Face One Another in Real Community

Could the numerical growth some churches experience after adopting an entertainment style of church worship be attributed to our cultural fascination with and subsequent accommodation to the entertainment industry more than anything else? If such is the case, we need to set aside time to reflect on new worship ideas and ministry alternatives. Here is one proposal. […]


Making Room for Jesus

Moving Christ from the Margins to the Center of Faith

I’ve been reflecting again lately on the need for our faith in Christ to be the central and defining theme in our lives. So very often, faith can be very easily pushed to the margins. When this happens, faith becomes part of life’s periphery, rather than occupying the heart of our existence. We all have a […]


The Power, Purpose and Place of Church Symbols

Stimulating the Imagination With Thoughts Toward God

In his book, The Pastor, Eugene Peterson highlighted the various stages that went into the construction process of their first church building and how symbol played an important role in the design. For instance, he described how much thought went into the placement of the pulpit, at the center of the building, with the seats all […]

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