The Helper has arrived!

Our series on the Holy Spirit, Fresh Air, is exploring different images the Scriptures use to describe the third Person of the Trinity. In John’s Gospel, chapters 13-16 (the Upper Room Discourse) Jesus, on four occasions, announces the coming of the Paraclete. This word literally means, “One called alongside to help.” (connect to the sermon here.) The sermon details […]

Breathe!

The person of the Holy Spirit has been called the “neglected” member of the Trinity! (God doesn’t suffer from neglect – we suffer from neglecting!) The Spirit is described in many wonderful and vivid images, using all the senses – things we know best by experience rather than explanation: *the force of wind, *the intimacy of breathing; *the instincts of a […]

There’s a lot more going on here!

Jesus’ Baptism – and ours – reminds us that we enter into the very life of the Trinity! We join with God in His Mission to the world! Our teaching series on “Ordinary People ~ Radical Kingdom“ dwells on the beginning of Christ’s public ministry including the CALLING of the disciples as well as OUR calling to follow Him. The […]

Prayer: What Difference Does It Make?

Our summer series at Christ Church asks some hard and honest questions about Prayer and our practice of it. Today we explored the relationship of God’s Spirit and continual prayer. God invites us into a love relationship that is intended to push back the lesser and competing loves that cry for our allegiance. [Sunday’s sermon audio […]

Living ‘Under the Influence’

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. In our Flourish! series we re-visited the essential question of the Power behind a life of flourishing – the Holy Spirit. Jesus four times (in John, ch. 14-16) promises that he will send the Paraclete  (Greek for “Helper,” “Counselor,” “Comforter,” or “Advocate” – literally, “One who comes alongside […]

Transformation and Hope – learning from an icon

The transfiguration of the Christ, described in Mark 9, Luke 9 and Matthew 17, is depicted in this icon from the 16th cent. There is so much of the biblical story and so much powerful theology packed into it. An iconographic picture truly “worth a thousand words!” Many have asked about the meaning and use […]

Live with the end in mind!

Eschatology – or the study of “Last Things,” has often been mis-applied. What the Bible tells us about the end of all things is not to make us speculate or to make us panic and evacuate.  Rather it is about living NOW in light of the in-breaking of Christ and His Kingdom! It’s about being […]

The Holy Spirit – THE wind beneath our wings

Last Sunday marked the coming of the Holy Spirit to the new community of Jesus called the Church! Nothing would remain the same! Malcolm Guite, poet, Anglican priest, and song-writer has written a whole book of sonnets for the Christian Year. I want to share his beautiful rendering of Pentecost. Today we feel the wind beneath […]

The Source of our ‘Excellence’

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature…! (2 Peter 1:3-4, […]