Pastors as health care workers

There are many discussions on the internet about whether or not churches need full time pastors. There is a line of thought that says pastors should be just like everybody else and live in the ‘real world’. The people who push this idea think that this is the real problem with the church today. While…

The Facebook page church

I worked with a musician who had a Facebook page. She spent years building up her page. She had received thousands of likes and loads of pictures. The page was a great marketing tool and showed to prospective hirers that she was well liked. Then the page was wiped out mysteriously. She wanted to try…

Who is in?

So how do we determine who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’? I suspect the answer to this lies in the teaching of Jesus. Jesus said you will know my disciples because they love one another. Jesus taught his disciples to love their enemies. Jesus’ disciples are marked by love. In my early days of…

What is truth

There is an easy, Sunday school answer to this. Jesus is the truth. At times truth and Jesus are used interchangeably, especially in John’s gospel. For example, John 8:32, ‘you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ Really it is Jesus that sets us free. Jesus taught truth in a serious…

The Manger

Originally posted on Ontoxenos:
Luke starts his story of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7) with a description of the Emperor’s decree for a census. There are two purposes to mentioning this decree. The first is to give a reason for why Joseph and Mary are in Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth. The second reason is…