Nov 11, 2013

Grow Up: Don’t Be a Baby!

Ephesians 4:11-16
Growing up in a family of four children, there were times when my siblings and I would throw selfish fits. Perhaps we had to share our Halloween candy when we didn't want to. Or perhaps somebody borrowed our toys and didn't put them back. Or maybe one of us was...Read more +
Nov 10, 2013

O God, Do Not Be Silent!

Psalm 83:1-18
Psalm 83 begins with a bold request: "O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God." This is one of scores of places in the Psalms where the psalm writer does not hold back from making what sounds like demands on the Almighty...Read more +
Nov 8, 2013

Grow Up: Is Your Church Becoming More and...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's reflection , we saw that the church as the body of Christ is to reach "the perfect man," that is, the stature and character of Christ himself. The last phrase of Ephesians 4:13 makes a similar point with different language: "attaining to the whole measure of the fullness...Read more +
Nov 7, 2013

Grow Up: Who in the World Is the Perfect...

Ephesians 4:11-16
According to most English translations of Ephesians 4:13, we are to "become mature." That's what the NIV says. The NRSV says we're to come "to maturity." The NLT has, "that we will be mature in the Lord." In the ESV, we're to attain "to mature manhood." According to the Message...Read more +
Nov 6, 2013

Grow Up: The Knowledge That Leads to Unity...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's post , we focused on "the faith that leads to unity and growth." Today, we will attend to the next phrase in Ephesians 4:13: "until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God ." What sort of knowledge leads to...Read more +
Nov 5, 2013

Grow Up: The Faith That Leads to Unity and...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's reflection , we observed that the body of Christ is to grow up "until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God" (4:13). Today, I want to focus on faith at it appears in this verse. What kind of faith leads...Read more +
Nov 4, 2013

Grow Up: What Do We Need If We're...

Ephesians 4:11-16
Last Friday , we reflected on the fact that our growth as the body of Christ entails growing into deeper unity. Our passage from Ephesians reveals that all of God's people are to engage in "works of service" or ministry, "so that the body of Christ may be built up...Read more +
Nov 3, 2013

Do You Really Know What's Best for...

Psalm 81:1-16
One of the canonical truths of American culture is that each one of us has the right to determine what's best for our own lives. In fact, we are taught to believe that what we want for ourselves usually is the best course to pursue. Graduation speakers across the land...Read more +
Nov 2, 2013

Turn Us Again!

Psalm 80:1-19
The words of verse 3 serve as a refrain in Psalm 80, appearing again with slight changes in verses 7 and 19. The first request in this chorus is “Turn us again to yourself, O God” (80:3). Some translations prefer “Restore us,” but the Hebrew verb literally means “turn us...Read more +
Nov 1, 2013

Grow Up: Unity Once Again

Ephesians 4:11-16
If you've been reading these Daily Reflections for a while, you may recall that in September we spent several days reflecting on Paul's exhortation to "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (4:3; see, for example, " The Theological Foundation of Christian...Read more +