Moving Toward Hope

As we begin our transition from hopelessness to hope, recall research that kicked off this exploration. We saw the significant impact of hopelessness on every facet of our existence. Let’s take a look on research regarding hope. Researchers have identified significant benefits of hope. Studies have shown that hope leads to life satisfaction, positive mental […]

Hopelessness compels us toward Hope

Hopelessness is a mighty force. We reject the promise of God for peace, hope and salvation and exhaust ourselves trying to relieve our hopelessness. We devise our own plans for getting hope. I will find hope in a relationship. I will find it in a job. I will find it in possessions. I will find […]

The Intention of the Cross in 1 Peter

There is nothing more intentional than the cross. It was the Triune design mapped before the foundation of the world (Acts 2:23, 4:27-28, 2 Tim 1:9, Eph 3:11). It was an eternal plan with infinite ramifications and boundless reach. The New Testament exhausts language, metaphor and story as it strives to capture the profound glory and impact of God […]

A Biblical Framework for Encouragement: Church

The presence of the church in the world is intended to be a tremendous source of encouragement. It is for encouragement that we gather and it is encouragement that we are called to bring to the world. The book of Hebrews tells us that encouragement is an important means of safeguarding one another and developing perseverance […]

A Biblical Framework for Encouragement: Creator

Encouragement is an underestimated force in our lives. It has the power to redirect our steps, change our future, eclipse our past and fill our present with courage. Scripture calls us to the great work of infusing hope in others through encouragement. In the next four posts we will develop a biblical framework for thinking on and […]

Round 2: Why does God’s Indwelling Presence Matter?

We explored some of the implications of indwelling in the past post. We talked about reframing our discussions and thinking on the presence of God, increasing our appreciation for the cross and resurrection, and heigtening our worship of the Triune God. This post concludes our work together on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I […]

Quotes by George MacDonald

C.S. Lewis called George MacDonald his “master.” Lewis considered himself a student of MacDonald and attributed significant influence on his writing. Here are a few quotes from MacDonald. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I […]

After Darkness, Light

“Post Tenebras Lux.” This is the Latin phrase that became the motto of the Protestant Reformation. It literally reads, “After darkness, light.” It referred to the breaking forth of gospel light that had been largely veiled throughout the middle ages. The motto is rich because it captures a profound truth about God’s mode of operation. Darkness […]

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 […]