Assaulting Hostility

The cross is an assault. In the cross God attacks all that divides us from himself and from other human beings. According to Paul, hostility is the barrier between our Maker and us. It is a mutual hostility. On our end it is wicked, unjustifiable hostility. On the Lord’s side it is just and necessary. In 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 […]

A Fatherless World

Helmut Thielicke once said that, “the history of the world is the story of humanity without a Father.” This drives to the heart of the theme of reconciliation. Every gospel motif or theme helps us understand something about the nature of God, the need of man, and the necessary action God must take if we […]

The Relentless Pursuit

I just completed another gospel poem. This one is on the theme of reconciliation. It attempts to capture God’s fierce and relentless pursuit of his sin ravaged world. In the next few posts I will touch on some of the helpful things I have been learning on this theme.

Forgetting Forgiveness

Character transformation is a significant part of Christian discipleship. The New Testament is filled with exhortations to strive for Christlikeness. Peter has some instructive things to say for how we should think about this area of discipleship. He tells us that we have become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). We have been […]

The Welcome of God

Reading Romans 15 this morning I came across this phrase that has become a favorite to me. “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Rom 15:7). In the context Paul is urging the church to embrace others in spite of differences and disagreements. He is calling them to selfless […]