Feb 11, 2014

Do You Want to Be a New Person? Here'...

Ephesians 4:22-24
In yesterday's reflection , we focused on the form of the verb in Ephesians 4:23: "[You were taught] to be made new in the attitude of your minds." As you may recall, I explained that "to be made new" is a present infinitive in Greek, which suggests an ongoing process...Read more +
Feb 10, 2014

Do You Want to Be a New Person? Then Take...

Ephesians 4:22-24
Okay, I'll admit that the title of this reflection won't be compelling to most of my readers. A few grammar nerds may cheer, but most of you won't be running out to buy a grammar book. Just as well. I'm not talking about English grammar here, but Greek grammar. The...Read more +
Feb 9, 2014

Enjoy Today's Work

Psalm 37
It's really easy for me to wait for the next big thing. It's a habit of mine, actually. When I was in middle school, I couldn't wait to be in high school; when I was in high school, I was chomping at the bit for college. Then, of course, I'd...Read more +
Feb 8, 2014

Everyday Christians

1 Corinthians 10
When you grow up as the child of a pastor, there’s a certain expectation you will either become wild and wicked, landing yourself on the church prayer list every week, or you will follow in your parent’s footsteps and do something “extremely important” for God. I grew up and chose...Read more +
Feb 7, 2014

Fruitful in Old Age

Psalm 92:1-15
In Psalm 92, the psalm writer begins by offering thanks for all the ways the Lord has blessed him. Then, in the final verses, he reflects on the situation of godly people (92:12, literally, “the righteous ones”). They “will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like cedars of Lebanon.”...Read more +
Feb 6, 2014

Putting Off Deceitful Desires: An Example...

Ephesians 4:22-24
In yesterday's reflection , we saw that the old self we are to put off as Christians is corrupted by "deceitful desires." I suggested that these are yearnings motivated by falsehood. Deceitful desires trick us, promising fulfillment they cannot deliver. When we begin to follow Jesus, we are taught to...Read more +
Feb 5, 2014

What Parts of Myself Should I Put Off as a...

Ephesians 4:22-24
In yesterday's reflection , we wondered if, when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we must change everything about our lives. The context of Ephesians 4:22 suggests that this is not the case. Rather, we are to put off everything in our lives that is inconsistent with Jesus Christ:...Read more +
Feb 4, 2014

Does Becoming a Christian Mean Rejecting...

Ephesians 4:22-24
In yesterday's reflection , I noted that becoming a Christian isn't a matter merely of adding a few new behaviors to your otherwise unchanged life. According to Ephesians 4:22, you were taught to "put off your old self." More literally, you were taught (or should have been taught, at any...Read more +
Feb 3, 2014

Do Clothes Make the Man?

Ephesians 4:22-24
No doubt you've heard the saying "Clothes make the man." Many attribute it to Mark Twain. But, in fact, he inherited this saying from others, adding his own unique ironic twist: "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." You can find versions of "Clothes...Read more +
Feb 2, 2014

To Tend and Keep

Genesis 2
My friend sat across from me, twisting her hands in her lap. Our small group, made up of couples from our church, sat around us, discussing the heavy topic of living our lives as if we could die tomorrow. We closed with words from 1 Corinthians 3, where Paul reminds...Read more +