Jesus Perfects You, Not Your Own Efforts: Galatians 3:1-6

Image by Rooted Law lovers—a very serious accusation in the ancient church. Of all the errors that Paul dealt with, this was paramount—not radical theologies, wild prophets claiming to have a new “revelation” from God, or fantastic healing oils secreted from some holy man’s feet that could be yours for three easy payments of $9.99. No, the error is far more basic and deeply rooted in the human condition. Religion. At the heart of the matter,... Read More

Actions Demonstrate What We Place Our Faith In—Law or Christ: Galatians 2:1-21

Image by Blake Burton Too often faith is backward. Understandably, with everything else in life, what we do determines who of what we are. As the adage goes, “You are what you eat.” Indeed, if you want to be a fit person, you must eat right and exercise. The kingdom of heaven is not like this. Despite what some ministers, pastors, and churchies in general tell you, you are not defined by what you do, but by who you are. Indeed, you are holy, clean,... Read More

The Gospel of Christ, Not the Gospel of Men—Galatians 1:1-2

Image by Matthew Adam Blair The dream of Christian unity was just that, a dream. From the earliest sources, one thing is quite clear: the Church was not united. THE CHURCH, as in the mystical body of Christ, was and is “one” both with itself and with the Trinity—that seems to be without question. But the unity of the physical church was fractured, even in its earliest stages. This fracture spiraled from one central issue: was Christianity another... Read More

Cars, Clothes, and Careers Do Not Define You. But What Does?

Image by Juan Tome Nestal Who are you? Who am I? When we introduce ourselves to others, a condensed and abridged version of who we actually are is presented. Our families, careers, preferences of entertainment, and political leanings are presented in the simplest of “small-talk.” Married with a child, teacher, and avid coffee fan scarcely scratches the surface of who I actually am. Unfortunately many do not plumb the depths of their soul and mind... Read More

Burning Bushes and Blinding Men: Humanity’s Encounter with an Inexplicable God

When humans encounter God, it is often something inexplicable. Does man meet God through matters of logic, reason, and systematic, apologetic ready Theology? Can one, through the heights of study and discourse discover and know God? The image painted by the scriptures seems to say no. His appearance among men is dramatic and experiential. And when God does show himself, he does not reason with us about his existence or his law—nor has he done so... Read More

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