Poetry Monday – Humility and hope in a broken world

I try to always read some poetry on my day off – my Sabbath Monday. This poem by Anne Porter struck me in a unique way. It reminds me of my part in the brokenness inflicted by sin. My “blind complicity” as she says in the third stanza. How I dismiss people in their wounded […]

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 […]

So, Will All Be Saved in the End?

A follow-up to the teaching, Will All Be Saved in the End? in our Tough Questions Series.  I had the privilege at North Park University of speaking with Kallistos Ware, elderly Orthodox bishop and scholar from England. I had read his essay called, Dare We Hope for the Salvation of All? (I found it on the […]

Transfiguration and Transformation

August 6 on the Christian calendar celebrates the Transfiguration of Christ recorded in the Gospels (e.g. Luke 9:28-36, with 2 Peter 1:16-18) The icon in the Eastern Church draws attention to “the uncreated light” of Christ.  An ancient hymn for the Feast summarizes the great significance for understanding Christ and his mission… On the Mountain […]

Between the Groaning and the Glory

I mentioned in a recent sermon, Set Free to Pray, N.T. Wright’s reflection on Romans 8 that helps to capture the TENSION we are called to live in between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet;’  between the ‘groanings’ of our fallen world and the ‘glory’ to come when God restores all things. “…as the bracing […]

Imago Dei – ‘No Ordinary People’

I had the privilege of attending a C.S. Lewis conference in Oxford a few years ago on my sabbatical.  The closing event was a service at St. Mary’s church.  A British actor read Lewis’ sermon preached during WW II.  He called it The Weight of Glory (from a phrase in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Here is […]

N.T. Wright Sampler

Folks at Christ Church know that  I have referenced N.T. Wright frequently.  He is one of the top 5 most important New Testament scholars of the century.  I can vouch that he has the uncanny ability to speak to scholar and layperson alike with crystal clarity about the Word of God.  Wright most recently published […]

Jesus’ Resurrection…and Ours!

He is risen….and Jesus’ resurrection is the the first fruits of all to come!  The resurrection of the body is so vital to understand.  On Easter I mentioned a new book by N.T. Wright – Surprised By Hope.  Here is an excerpt from the book printed in the new Christianity Today. There is no agreement in […]

Incarnation ~ Miracle and Mystery

I invite us to reflect deeply this Advent on these words – some gleaned from Scripture and some from the ‘Church Fathers.’  Why did God – in miracle and mystery – take on a human body.In a word, Love!   “For us and for our salvation” says the Nicene Creed.  To be my Savior, Jesus must […]

Revealing the Book of Revelation

“St John saw many strange things in his Revelation, but nothing as strange as his interpreters.”  G.K. Chesterton Here are some resources for the serious study of the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, or as the opening Greek word has it, the Apocalypse (unveiling.)  If you would like more on […]