God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

In this final and cumulative consideration of the global reality of God’s church, we look at the climax and centerpiece of what it means to be a part of a universal family. I say cumulative because without the gift of faith and a covenantal worldview the way we perceive Jesus will be radically different, hence, the plethora of Christian denominatio

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

The gift of faith was the focus of our previous effort in this brief series to address the nature of the global Christian community. Here we begin to look at the connection between the gift of faith we receive as a global community and the nature of that faith expressed in God’s Word that brings disparate minds into the unity of faith and of the kn

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

The Worldwide Church? The world is becoming increasingly smaller in some ways (i. e. technology- media, information access, social accessibility) and larger in others (information overload, social isolation, cultural heterogeneity).[1] In varied ways, this can create blessings for a global community of faith as well as impediments to true koinonia

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

  Growing in grace is Peter’s bedrock for living the Christian life. It’s how we as Christians live in expectant hope (1 Pet. 1:3–12), live holy lives in society and in the home (1 Pet. 1:13–3:7), suffer for our faith while serving others (1 Pet. 3:8–5:11), develop Christian virtues (2 Pet. 1:1–11), listen to the prophetic word, avoiding erron

Looking for the Day of the Lord: Reflections on 2 Peter

Looking for the Day of the Lord: Reflections on 2 Peter

A consistent query that has been emphasized over the past few blogs has been “What does the fulfillment of prophecy look like?” I ask the question again because there is a subtle but critical dilemma occurring the world over that impacts people’s perceptions about faith and the validity of biblical truth. Namely, how will the world end? I asked a f

“From Among Your Own Selves will Arise…”: Reflections on 2 Peter and Prophecy

“From Among Your Own Selves will Arise…”: Reflections on 2 Peter and Prophecy

In regards to potential threats to the church, some are very familiar with the quote, “We have far more to fear from within than from without.” It is what follows that brings me to my knees, “The unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's

Prophecy and the Seduction of Fortune-tellers: Reflections in 2 Peter

Prophecy and the Seduction of Fortune-tellers: Reflections in 2 Peter

Upon reflecting on the nature of prophecy, the difference between modern prognosticators (of the religious and political stripe) and the biblical prophetic word should be increasingly apparent. But have you ever asked yourself what will it look like, the fulfillment of prophecy that is? It is possible to preach something for so long and not really

Grace and Peace: God’s Plan of Multiplication

Grace and Peace: God’s Plan of Multiplication

Former NAD President Charles Bradford once said: “The threat of hanging wonderfully clears the mind.” How apropos to a generation that ironically believes in its own invincibility yet is surrounded by harbingers of a dark night in world history. This is not a cynical or nihilistic statement, but an observation of the current political upheavals, ca

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Proclamation of our Blessed Hope

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Proclamation of our Blessed Hope

  Society’s preoccupation with the extraterrestrial and the supernatural touches a multitude of life experiences. Consider the yearly box office ticket sales of the multi-media franchises, curiosity with space exploration, and the burgeoning interest in psychic experiences.[1] Beyond, but inclusive of the spiritualistic leanings of much of the

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

“I hate bureaucracy.” Have you heard that? Have you thought it? Is it necessary in the church that is supposed to be an organic body? Idealists often shout from the rooftops that we don’t need organization. I’ve even heard sermons condemning “church structure.” The irony is that those who oppose it either: (1) function within some other type of str