The Bible Tells Me So

I just finished reading Peter Enns’ book, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. It was an easy, enjoyable read. I have rarely (okay never) read a book covering biblical history and biblical interpretation that has actually made me laugh out loud. You would have thought I…

Shepherd with a Floodlight

It’s been a tough week so far. I have been disturbed by what is going on in Iraq. The violence inflicted on adults and children has kept me awake at night. The spread of the Ebola virus in Africa has been scary to watch as well. It has been heart wrenching to see the young and old dying from…

Our Church, the Jesus Gathering

The word “church” is used in our culture to refer to the building where Christians gather, in reference to different Christian denominations, and also to refer to the Sunday worship event. But the biblical word “church,” or “ecclesia,” carries a different meaning. In the first century, the word was used, even among non-Christians, to refer…

Our Mission, the Jesus Mission

What is the central mission of the Christian church? We know that we are to be a people that are to “love God” and to “love our neighbor as ourselves” as we learn from the Jesus Creed. We also should know that the community of Christ is to be a people of the Jesus Prayer.…

Our Prayer, the Jesus Prayer

Every week the global Church gathers for communal worship.  They gather to sing songs of praise, read from the Scriptures, fellowship with the Saints, break bread, hear an exhortation from the Word, and without a doubt Christians always pray when they gather together.  And the prayer that is prayed the most in worship services around…

Our Creed, the Jesus Creed

Some of you are raising, or lowering, your eyebrows right now. You are thinking, “A creed? We don’t do creeds in the Churches of Christ.” But we should know that creeds are not necessarily bad. They are simply summaries of belief.  And besides, the creed that I am referring to is not the creed of just any man or…