A Certain Kind of Joy in Advent

The third Sunday in Advent is set aside to focus on joy. We are not quite to the joy of Christmas yet but we are getting close. For believers we have a certain kind of joy. It is the joy that follows sorrow and mourning. The pattern is pretty common in Scripture. In Isaiah 61…

Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law

Paul’s letter to the Romans follows a familiar pattern that is found in many of his letters. He spends the first several chapters focusing on the Gospel. Then in chapter 12 Paul starts to focus on applying the Gospel to our everyday lives: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to…

Between Groaning and Glory

Romans 8:18-27: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. [19] For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. [20] For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of…

Essential Christianity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

If any group of people is going to be angry at God for the COVID-19 pandemic it should be Christians. Here is very earliest description of life in a Christian community. It comes from the second chapter of Acts: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread…