Category: Christian Life

Building The Temple

Building The Temple

November 28, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Zech. 6:13 It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”  (ESV) I can’t help but go straight to the Christological […]

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An Open Letter to the Dad doing Porn

An Open Letter to the Dad doing Porn

November 3, 2014 | By

Dear Dad, I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your porn use has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you, or even your and […]

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Church members and self-mutilation

Church members and self-mutilation

November 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

I was at church one day when the Smith family (names are changed) approached me asking me to pray for them. Their daughter Vanessa had started cutting on herself. They were distraught, worried, and had no idea what to do. They could not understand how their daughter who was a leader at both school and […]

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Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 3).

Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 3).

October 23, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

This will be my final flow of thought in this series of entries entitled “It’s hard to be a Christian.”  To begin with… It’s just plain hard to be HUMAN – Christian or not! Specifically, life is hard for everyone – whether you are a Christian or not.  And it does not stop being hard […]

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Roots Go Deep

Roots Go Deep

October 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Some call it “roots”. Others refer to a “spiritual heritage”. Still others have suggested (less charitably) that it’s a “resumé stain“. (Ouch… was that really necessary?) Whatever you wish to call it, I have history with Vineyard Canada. And this past weekend, I revisited some of those roots. It’s been just under two decades since I […]

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A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (2 of 6)

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (2 of 6)

October 15, 2014 | By | 37 Comments

Per our mission of fostering theological conversation, ThinkTheology.org is hosting a conversation between Bill Hoard and our very own Luke Geraty in regards to homosexuality and the Church. This is a six part series where Bill will offer a perspective and Luke will respond (see the first exchange). If you have any questions or comments, […]

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Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 2)

Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 2)

October 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

I’m not saying “It’s hard to keep the Christian rules…” The hard part about being a Christian is not something like, “Now that we’re Christians there are lots of rules and laws that we are supposed to keep.” Most religions are full of rules, and many people have a self-imposed set of rights and wrongs […]

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William Seymour’s “love in the face of hate”

William Seymour’s “love in the face of hate”

October 8, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

The Book of Hebrews provides what is arguably the best narrative theology of the “communion of saints” in chapter 11. Often referred to as the “chapter of faith,” the writer describes the faith of the Patriarchs and Prophets and a few others along the way. It’s a beautiful descriptive passage, which describes these heroes of […]

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Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 1).

Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 1).

October 7, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Are you one of the Christians who is finding it hard to follow Jesus? My mind has been flooded this week with thoughts of so many brothers and sisters in Jesus.  So many struggle with their faith, with obedience to God, with long-standing addictions, with doubts and questions, with thoughts of whether or not it […]

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Prophecy: You’re Doing It Backwards

Prophecy: You’re Doing It Backwards

October 2, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

In the Old Testament, prophets had the unenviable position of telling people news that they usually didn’t want to hear.And in many cases, “shoot the messenger” was the response they received, even if what they were saying really was what God wanted them to say. But the real problem wasn’t the unpopularity of the message […]

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How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

September 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

As we’ve entered into the fall, our attendance at Trinity Christian Fellowship has been growing and we’re seeing new and old faces, together. It’s beautiful to see Jesus’ community gathered to experience the Spirit’s presence/empowerment. This past week, as I stood facing the congregation, several new people caught my eye and I found myself briefly […]

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A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

September 24, 2014 | By | 12 Comments

Per our mission of fostering theological conversation, ThinkTheology.org is hosting a conversation between Bill Hoard and our very own Luke Geraty in regards to homosexuality and the Church. This is going to be a six part series where Bill will offer a perspective and Luke will respond. If you have any questions or comments, feel […]

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What Ever Happened to the Covenant Memorial Meal?

What Ever Happened to the Covenant Memorial Meal?

September 17, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

While the idea of men walking between the two halves of a sacrificial animal as a means of ratifying a covenant may seem strange to our modern mindset, this is exactly what is being pictured when Yahweh “cut” a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. Covenants in the world of the Old Testament were often […]

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Do Soup Kitchens Denigrate the Poor (and create a wall between “us” and “them”)?

Do Soup Kitchens Denigrate the Poor (and create a wall between “us” and “them”)?

September 10, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

I recently read a comment in a long thread that I found to be pretty insightful, which asserts exactly that. Jim Wright makes a pretty good case for the idea that the way we typically help the poor (while well intentioned and does meet a real, felt, and very practical need) none-the-less ends up creating […]

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On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

September 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The story of Jacob and Esau is well known (Gen. 25-27). Esau, the eldest son of Isaac, sold his birthright to Jacob, his younger brother, for a bowl of stew. It was a catastrophic failure on Esau’s part, as we read in Scripture that God hated Esau (Mal. 1:2-3) and he was unholy for such […]

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A Pastoral Illustration of “Centered-Set” Ethics

A Pastoral Illustration of “Centered-Set” Ethics

September 3, 2014 | By | 13 Comments

A few years ago I was the worship leader and an associate pastor in a large church. There was a new guy in the church who was an excellent guitar player, and who was looking for a way to both connect to people and re-connect in his relationship with Jesus. I started hanging out with him, […]

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Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

September 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are saturated with narratives about families, pregnancies, husbands, wives, children, the religious community of faith, devotion, dedication to God’s house, and the formation of two incredible people; John the Baptizer, and Jesus, the Messiah. These two men grew up in the homes of parents who took their spiritual formation […]

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