Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) This text by Paul is one of the most contentious in all history. It has been used by court jesters and regime apologists to justify unconditional obedience to government and government policies. At the height o

Power-Under, Part 7: The Bottom Line

Power-Under, Part 7: The Bottom Line

  Day Seven: The Bottom Line Philippians 2:5-11; John 13:1-11 God’s response to the apostacy of Lucifer, and the temptation and fall of the human race, was to join together in forming the “counsel of peace” (Zechariah 6:13). The Godhead decided to send the Son to earth, to be born of a woman, born under the law, into sinful flesh, clothing His

Power-Under, Part 3: Power Matters

Power-Under, Part 3: Power Matters

Day Three: Power Matters Matthew 17:22& 23, 27; Mark 9:31& 32; Daniel To add to the brilliance of Jesus’ dealings with Peter, the miracle He worked for His divinity-slighting disciple, affirmed His divinity. Imagine Peter, as excited as a little boy, running to the shore, fishing pole in hand. Not only is he about to witness a miracle, but

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

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