Category: Christian Life

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 | 17 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 | 6 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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When Revival Tarries I Ask Why

When Revival Tarries I Ask Why

August 24, 2014 | By | 8 Comments

After what felt like a ton of reading for a class I took on the history of both the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements, I walked away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for both of these traditions. I think Bebbington’s quadrilateral is still a helpful way to start discussing Evangelicalism and I will forever be […]

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A Better Metric (for measuring success in the local church)

A Better Metric (for measuring success in the local church)

August 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

So last time we talked about the idea that “Butts in Seats” and “Decisions for Christ” may not be the best way to measure the success of the local church. And I proposed that we should focus not on church growth, but rather on discipleship as a way of determining the degree to which a […]

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Church for the Sake of the Disabled & Marginalized.

Church for the Sake of the Disabled & Marginalized.

August 5, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

My youngest sister has Down syndrome. Since her birth I have had many chances to reflect on disabilities, as well as consider how the church can better serve marginalized people. This has led to deeper thinking toward gender, ethnicity, and the general way in which ecclesiology is executed. My growing conviction is that we in […]

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There Has Got To Be A Better Metric Than Butts In Seats!

There Has Got To Be A Better Metric Than Butts In Seats!

August 5, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Let’s face it, for the most part, we use two metrics to measure our “effectiveness” in ministry: 1) Butts in Seats (what Pastor hasn’t been asked that dreaded question: “So, how many ya’ runnin’ on a Sunday?”); and 2) Decisions (conversions, commitments, professions of faith, accepting Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior – call […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Fasting

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Fasting

July 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome to week 5: Fasting – the final installment in our series on Spiritual Disciplines. Years ago, I used to like to do the three-day, juice only fast, every once in a while. But now I have developed a more regular discipline of fasting? I’ll just be honest: I fast once a week, every Tuesday, to be specific. I […]

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