Equality Through Grace

Equality Through Grace

Grace. Salvation. The Kingdom of God. Words we typically associate with joy, thankfulness, and enthusiasm. Sometimes, though, our muddied understanding and egoistic expectations veil these realties with a cloud of distortion. This is well-illustrated by the parable of the vineyard workers—a story as rich in meaning as it is in details and literary

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

There are several issues in Galatians 2:1-14 that I am going to discuss this week that provide insight into confrontation and the resolution of disputes amongst early Christ followers. These issues also relate to last week’s discussion on the issue of authority. The first relates to Paul’s relationship to the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem; seco

One Among All

One Among All

To be singled out as one among all is an interesting experience. If the reason is negative, discomfort is certainly present. Even for a positive reason, however, being singled out can be an awkward experience. Mark 12:41-44 is a story about one person being positively singled out by Jesus (likely without her awareness). Quite possibly, however, the

Matthew 5a: Sola Gratia

Matthew 5a: Sola Gratia

The passage of Scripture that we now refer to as Christ’s “Sermon on the Mount” extends from Matthew 5:1 to Matthew 7:29. Consisting of three entire chapters and 111 verses, it stands as one of the most significant speeches of Christ’s life. Nowhere else do we find so thoroughly detailed the principles and ideals underlying His kingdom and mission.