How Holy Should I Be Today?

I catch myself thinking a lot about how much stuff I do wrong in life. I focus on the little details, times I lied, cheated, lusted, and a host of other things. It’s a deep, dark hole that only gets deeper and darker the more I explore it. I’ve learned a lot in this hole. It’s rarely been fun. Yet sometimes it feels like picking at a scab. It hurts really bad, but there’s a satisfaction in seeing it come off. Or maybe it’s like a peeling sunburn… whichever analogy works better for you. After spending a lot of time in this hole (and I mean a LOT). I’ve learned three really important lessons, all compliments of the Holy Spirit School of Hard Knocks. Continue Reading...

What Makes Jesus’ Birth Good News?

We say the coming of Jesus is good news (the gospel), but what makes it good? How can something be good news when there is a lot of talk about going to hell if you don’t believe in Jesus? Is the “good news” (gospel) of Jesus really so good? It is widely accepted that a man named Jesus lived in Galilee and taught 2000 years ago. People disagree, however, on the whether he was just a good teacher, a prophet, or the messiah––the son of God. It take little faith to believe Jesus was a good teacher with some wisdom humanity. One must simply recognize the life of simplicity and loving message Jesus broadly spoke about to find something good to implement into one’s own life. Like any teacher, modern or ancient, the parts of his teachings we like we can take and apply and dismiss the rest as either being overly zealous or culturally irrelevant. Continue Reading...

What the Christmas Story Taught Me About the Holy Spirit

Have you ever wondered why the book of Luke is the only book in the Bible that describes Jesus’ birth? The whole Christmas story, the reason we have nativity scenes and church Christmas productions, is all because Luke decided to record Jesus’ birth. The whole thing is only two or three chapters long, but those chapters are very significant in how we think about Jesus and Christmas each year. The fact that only one book records this important event should cause us to ask why this story is significant. Did the other gospel authors not think it was that important? If that’s the case, then why did Luke choose to include it? We may not be able to answer these questions with certainty, but we can look at Luke’s account and how it differs from the others to see some important points. If you are like me, you have probably heard this story so many times, you almost don’t listen to it anymore. We become overly familiar with it, and it stops meaning anything to us. This, however, is a mistake. Let’s take a minute to look at this story with fresh eyes. I bet you’ll see something you never noticed before. This discovery could change the way you see Jesus and your own Christian life. Continue Reading...

Do You Have Faith in the Right Jesus?

Today we have another guest post by our friend and colleague, Dr. Andréa Snavely. Dr. Snavely has written extensively on the role the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the believer. Much of his work specifically focuses on how the Holy Spirit works faith in us so that we can follow Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. Please check out Dr. Snavely’s book, Life in the Spirit: A Post-Constantinian and Trinitarian Account of the Christian Life. Although this work may be fairly academic in nature, I know if you take the time to read and consider his words, you will gain a new perspective on how the Holy Spirit enables you to embody what it means to follow Christ. Continue Reading...