Archive for October 2008

Accordian Spirituality

October 28, 2008

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6,7).

More than any passage in the Bible, these verses point to the centrality of Jesus Christ. Centrality is not the same as supremacy. For example, we’re not saying that Jesus is more supreme or more important than the Father or the Holy Spirit. Centrality has to do with focus. The more we focus and keep refocusing on Jesus, the better chance we’ll have of knowing and “seeing” the Father and recognizing how the Spirit is moving in and around us. (more…)

Holy Love

October 24, 2008

“To all…who are loved by God and called to be saints….” (Romans 1:7)

What is the relationship between holiness and love? This question has lingered for me since last Sunday’s sermon, and maybe for some of you as well. Sometimes Christians have a tendency to set these against one another. The only holy people we talk about are “holier-than-thou,” and are condescending and even judgmental instead of loving. (more…)

Holy Indulgences

October 20, 2008

This morning I offer a few quotes to go with yesterday’s sermon, which focused on the (surprising) purpose for God’s grace and gracisms (spiritual gifts): to make us holy, to make us saints. Especially a community of saints. (more…)

The Noontime Demon

October 17, 2008

This is the last post about how to re-vision our roles. The sixth principle we mentioned on Sunday was: “Be Wholehearted (and Watch Out for That Worm).” Paul writes: “Whatever your task, put your heart into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters” (Colossians 3:23). (more…)

Sacramental Living

October 17, 2008

As we carry out our various roles today as part of our call, I invite us to focus on the 5th principle we talked about on Sunday: “Do It for Jesus.” It’s tempting, even dangerous, to think that whatever we do for Jesus has to be really significant. Actually, as Henri Nouwen points out, it’s the very ordinary things of our daily lives that Jesus loves: (more…)

Cop an Attitude

October 16, 2008

As we continue our discussion about how we’re to carry out our various kingdom roles, today I encourage us to focus on the fourth principle we talked about on Sunday: “Cop an Attitude — of Reverence, Respect and Honor.” Paul writes, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” “Children…honor your father and mother….” “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect….”

To “cop” an attitude means to adopt an attitude. In other words, we shouldn’t just slip into the the attitude that comes naturally. (more…)

The Status Game

October 15, 2008

As we continue our discussion about how our various roles inside and outside the church fit into our call, let’s zero in today on the principle, “Refuse to Play the Status Game.” I think that’s what Paul was meaning when he said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” It wasn’t the distinctions themselves that Paul was denying, but rather the status we often assign to these differences. (more…)