||Pastoral Passage|| In light of the current coronavirus pandemic and the use of vaccines to ward off its serious ill effects, I would like to share two incidents – deaths – from the life of Jonathan Edwards. Edwards’ faith was in the same God and gospel we have today. The same confident hope is offered and there are the same expectations for selfless, humble, purposed living.
Some thoughts on a letter Martin Luther wrote to a friend during a health crisis.
Two subtle but significantly different ways we can approach scripture.
Sin is more terrible than we understand or acknowledge, but not more deep than the mercy of the God we dismiss and disobey.
As Christians the gospel should shape our values and perspectives on all issues, and here I would like to offer the example of one man whose perspective on one of these was indeed formed by his commitment to Jesus. His name was Paulus Orosius.
We recommit Whitefield’s mistake by participating in the normalized sins of our age. Take care not to take part in them. They might be normal, but they are not right.
. . . the miner and the grocer were not people who had a ‘ministry’ like a professional pastor or Christian worker, yet they had a huge impact for the kingdom of God.
I have wondered if the way we practice church gatherings is too attendance-based to prompt much opportunity for meaningful fellowship and mutual love.
An experience of healing, by faith in the character of God, expressed by prayer.
Community is built into Christianity, much like smartphones are made to be hooked into the internet.