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Principles are Better than Laws Part 6

I’ve been discussing God’s laws as principles for how he would have us live on the earth.  I have posited that God designed us to have magnificent (abundant), eternal life that starts now, even here on earth.  I mean that even if we suffer, which we will, or even suffer a lot, we can still […]

Principles are Better Than Laws Part 2

In part 1 of this post, I said that God has given us laws to obey, and I said that I wanted to also consider these as principles for living the life he originally designed for us. In this part I’d like to start looking at some of his laws, and consider them as also […]

Principles are Better than Laws, Part 1

We’re Christians.  We have laws.  We have the Ten Commandments.  They are not called The Ten Principles.  Still… Principles are better than laws, even when our principles happen to be laws.   The nice thing about laws is that they don’t require thinking.  We just have to be afraid of the law giver, and voila, order.  […]

The Is-Ought Dichotomy

…they walk in constant contradictions, anxious, confused, fearful, depressed, falling way short of the glory of God.  

Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s thinking about Christian community captivated me, and has never left me.

Concretization of the Abstraction of God

Jesus concretized God. Man is supposed to concretize Jesus. When God created the universe and the earth, he did not consider it to be complete unless he gave the creation a way to know him and what he is like. God is a real person. He is invisible, yet concrete. But to most of us […]

A Christian Approach to Relating to Others Part 2, Justice and Value

Yesterday I wrote about horizontal versus vertical relationships and Jesus’ call not to “exercise authority” over others in part one of a multi-part post about how Christians should relate to other people.  Today I want to talk about the concept of “Justice,” a word that I’m sure we misunderstand quite a bit.  Justice (Value for […]

How Jesus Restores Mankind Part 6, Anxiety and Freedom

Yesterday in part 5 we started to look at how Jesus wants us oriented when it comes to finances.  We saw that greed is evil, money is neutral, and it should be handled as though all we have belongs to God, because it does.  Today we’ll go on to what Jesus says next in relation […]

Manifestations of a Broken Image Pt. 1

How do most people think of work?  Most people think of work as something that you have to do, so that you can afford the things that you want to do.  They work for the weekend.  But the weekend is often just as hard, if not harder, at least for those with families.  There are […]

Principles vs. Vision

What is your vision?   What is your five year plan? Where do you see yourself in ten years? What do you want to be when you grow up? What are your goals and how do you plan to reach them? These are the questions that make the world go round. Everybody who is anybody knows […]

Pride: Two Kinds

There are two kinds of pride. A good kind and a bad kind.   What is the difference?  Indeed, what is the difference?   The Good Kind God created man in his image.  He delegated him to rule the earth in his name, to subdue it. To make things of it. To steward it.  He gives him […]

Dear friend who is falling apart while sheltering in,

I’ve been thinking about you since our conversation this morning.  Anything I could tell you you probably know already.   But this verse came to mind:  Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).  There are some habits in your life that are specifically designed by you for the purpose of avoiding the […]

The Unworthy Servant and Non-Contradiction

Christians are not as happy as they should be, given reality. For a while I wrestled with some nagging thoughts that were far enough in the back of my mind that I could not quite articulate them. They would wake me up in the middle of the night and rob me of rest, but they […]

For My Own Sake, For His Sake

God does everything for his own glory. Another way that God says he does everything for his own glory is to say that he does everything “for his own sake” (Isa 48:11). And why wouldn’t he? He is God. He does things for others, for sure, but even that is for himself. I think most […]

I Am

God is I Am and so am I. So are you; an image bearer with an assignment to produce. Life is the standard. Existence exists, so accept that and get after it.  In the beginning, God created (Gen 1:1).   There was only one God in three persons, and then he created everything that exists.  […]


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