The Safest Community

Relational safety is one of the greatest and yet rarest gifts in life. We’ve all felt the sting of betrayal from those we believed were safe. To be stabbed in the back requires closeness….that’s why it hurts so badly. It’s another matter altogether to take a gunshot wound from some stranger miles away. We were made […]

Richard Bauckham on Heaven

I recently read a short article on the topic of heaven by New Testament Scholar, Richard Bauckham. He does a good job of identifying three main biblical strands for thinking about the certain future of the Christian. This is one topic I would like to be thinking about far more often than I do. Here […]

Seeds, Plants, Trees, and the Love of God

Genesis 1:11 “And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” Luther’s Commentary “This peculiar care of God over us and for us even before we were created, may be contemplated rightly […]

The Comfort of Creation

When you want to instill hope and encouragement in someone where do you normally point them? When you counsel people where do you often take them? Where do you point people that they might know comfort and solace? I have three anchors I encourage people to tie into when the winds are high and the […]

Cosmic Reconciliation

In the last two posts the theme of reconciliation has progressively widened. We have moved from the reconciliation of the individual to the reconciliation of members in community. In this post the theme of reconciliation breaks all parameters as it touches every corner of the universe. God’s peacemaking mission is larger than the individual and […]