As I listened to "How He Loves Us" yesterday, I was transported from my hotel room in Michigan to Shepherd's Door, a rescue mission in Portland, Oregon that I worked at from 2007-2008. One of the other staff members had come into the main living room and said, "Oh, my gosh, you have to hear … Continue reading In love, He both seeks and receives penitent sinners.
By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. When I was 23 two words changed my relationship with God. They were, simply, "Describe God," spoken in the middle of a conversation between me and the Chair of the Bible and Theology Department at Western Seminary. I was planning … Continue reading By intention He relates to people as Father
Last week I wrote about how men and women are equally created in his image. This doesn't answer all of the questions about what roles they should have in the home or the church but it does give us a baseline for understanding our shared value and dignity. The question of roles is dealt … Continue reading It is not good for man to be alone.
With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image. Today I'm focusing on something that's not uniquely Wesleyan. Really, nothing in the above statement is uniquely Wesleyan, it's pretty universally Christian. In theory we all agree that all human beings, male and female, are created in God's image. Men … Continue reading in his image: male and female
"We believe the Father is the Source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit." This is the only part of the Wesleyan Articles of Religion that even hints at the reality of angels and demons. So, even though the emphasis of this sentence is that the Father is the Source of all that … Continue reading “Matter or Spirit”
“Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power and eternity — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Part II) On a previous Facebook post I told you that the ontological equality of the Trinity expressed through economic inequality may have implications for gender roles within the church and the home. … Continue reading Trinity, Part II
I'm teaching a class called The Doctrine of Holiness to local pastors through FLAME/District Extension Classes so instead of writing Trinity, Part II, I'm providing a short simple primer on Entire Sanctification for your reading pleasure. Day 1 of class is in the books, I need to get read for Day 2, and then Day 3 (which, … Continue reading Doctrine of Holiness (not the Trinity, Part II)