On the Intersection of Differences and Unity in the Body of Christ

Navigating by Faith

Esau McCaulley interviewed NT Wright on his Disrupters podcast last year.  NT Wright is a British New Testament scholar of some renown who became McCauley’s mentor. McCaulley is an African American from raised a Southern Baptist in the deep south.

McCaulley made a comment after the interview that prompts my writing today. He said, “I feel like I am a mix of a bunch of things. I have this kind of British, evangelical side, and I have this kind of African American church side, and strangely they have coalesced in ways I didn’t expect.”

I think about how interesting and rich the conversation was between NT Wright and Esau McCaulley. The fact that they come from disparate and diverse backgrounds permeates the discussion as they explore the things that unite them.

Esau McCaulley is a New Testament scholar in his own right, now, because of the influence of NT Wright…

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Christians in the U.S. Should Learn from Believers in Other Countries How to Handle Times of Political Unrest

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Header photo: New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, 508th Military Police Company, 108th Wing, and 177th Fighter Wing arrive near the Capitol to set up security positions in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht) (The National Guard, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

Police and the National Guard remain on high alert in Washington D.C. and in state capitals around the country after the storming of the Capitol building two weeks ago. Thankfully, this weekend only saw small protests and no violence.

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Persecution of Traditional Catholics will accelerate

Catholicism Pure & Simple

Iconclast Persecution of the Catholic Church

It is a fact: the trend toward an outright persecution of traditional Catholics – those who live faithfully by all the teachings and precepts of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church – is not only continuing, but accelerating. Liberal-minded cafeteria ‘c’atholics, together with the hypocrites who profess to be Catholic, i.e., go to Mass regularly, brandish their rosaries, public state the importance of their Catholic Faith to the world, but then pick and choose only the parts of the Church’s doctrines that suit them, willfully disobeying those that don’t suit, and dismissing any ‘uncomfortable’ truth… these false followers of Christ may be overlooked by the agents of Satan when the time comes for the Great Persecution. After all, they are already Satan’s useful minions for having spread scandal, leading numerous souls on the path to Hell, and showing total indifference to having thrown…

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Lions Resting Up

From The Darkness Into The Light

This photo records my first close encounter with lion-kind. I still find it hard to believe I was there.  I’d not long arrived in Kenya, not so much tourist as camp-follower to Graham who was out there on a short-term consultancy. He had recently returned from Mexico where he’d been studying the habits of the […]

Lions Resting Up

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Not Like the Heart of Judah

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We cannot be fickle-minded in following Jesus. We cannot say yes to God today and then say no to God tomorrow. Then when the day comes that we feel like we want to draw near to God or that we feel we need to, we say yes again. This is a cycle of a person who gave a half-hearted commitment to God. A half-hearted yes to God is bound for a rocky road. It is unsure. It is doubtful. It never gives full trust. It does not love completely. It holds back. It reserves a part of the self. It keeps secrets. It is not consistent. It is unstable. The Bible says it clearly that a double-minded man is unstable in ALL his ways (James 1:8).

To follow God is to lean on Him and not to self. Sometimes, we doubt God’s leading because we do not trust Him enough…

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When Two People Meet…

From The Darkness Into The Light

“Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.” (1)William James, American philosopher and psychologist, born on 11 January 1842 “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other […]

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Standing Strong Through the Storm

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THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.Hebrews 12:15

As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. The writer now turns to the issue of a growing root of bitterness which defiles and causes trouble and disunity.

A group of believers in rural Hubei Province in China came to Christ as a result of listening to Christian radio programs. When a local woman was healed of appendicitis after prayer, two whole families converted to the way of Jesus enlarging their group to twenty. Five years later a Brother Chen arrived in the village on a sunny spring day. One believer shares this report:

Some said Brother Chen…

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Why I Love Thee Mary

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This is the last poem written by ‘The Little Flower’, St Thérèse of Lisieux, before her death at the age of 24 in 1897. Naturally, Thérèse wrote her poems in French, so this is one of the English translations of the poem. It is no easy task to translate a poem from one language to another, but I believe the best effort was made by the translator in this case to retain the flow and sentiments of the much-loved saint’s work.

How appropriate that Thérèse’s final poem should be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary whose statue had miraculously turned and smiled on Thérèse in her childhood. For months she had been lying prostrate in bed from a mysterious illness, but from that day of Mary’s smile, the young Thérèse made an astonishing and complete recovery.

Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much, you will…

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This is the greatest time for the Good News! 1/23/2021 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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This is the greatest time for the Good News!

While we’re currently living in a very politically divisive and emotionally charged time, there was never a time in our lives when the Gospel message was more relevant. Why? Because every human actually wants the same two things. They just go after them in very different ways. Everyone wants freedom and life, and Jesus gives us both of these in spades!

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Streams in the Desert for Kids

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Duration: 365 days

WINNING WITH GOD

Romans 8:37

There were some ancient people known as Phrygians who lived in what is now the country of Turkey. They believed that when you conquered an enemy, some of the enemy’s physical strength passed into you. That’s just a myth, of course. But when we Christians struggle against sin and win, we grow stronger. We grow more powerful not from the enemy, but from Christ’s strength. Then we can face the next battle stronger. We become more than conquerors because we have Jesus fighting with us against the enemy.

God knows that every day that we try to live for him, we are fighting a war with an enemy. Satan doesn’t want us serving God. He’d rather hurt us than see us become conquerors with Christ. But through the mighty powers of God’s Son, we can defeat the enemy and become great warriors…

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The Good and Evil Quiz

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Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur…

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The Danger of Using People & Their Needs As Pawns, Puppets & Weapons

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Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by the apostle Matthew. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses twenty-two through fifty of the twelfth chapter. WHEN THE PHARISEES SAW IT! WHEN THE PHARISEES HEARD IT! TNHE QUARREL OF TRADITION! THE QUARREL OF THE LAW! USING THE LAW TO ACCUSE JESUS! ANGERED AND OUTRAGED AT JESUS WHWN JE DOESN’T CONFORM TO YOUR LAWS! THE PHARISEES WOULD KEEP YOU WITHERED! THE PHARISEES WOULD KEEP YOU BLIND AND DUMB! UNABLE TO SEE, UNABLE TO SPEAK! THE TWIN ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY! IF YOU’RE BLIND AND DUMB YOU’RE OF NO THREAT! IF YOU’RE BLIND AND DUMB YOU’RE NEUTRALIZED! GENERATION OF VIPERS! ADULTEROUS GENERATION! THE PHARISEES WERE STILL BEING CALLED VIPERS! SNAKES AT THE DOOR! SNAKES IN THE GARDEN! SNAKES AT THE TABLE! THE SAME ONES WHO…

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What Is So Special About John’s Gospel?

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My congregation, like many others, uses a schedule of Sunday scripture readings called the New Revised Common Lectionary. This lectionary is a three-year cycle of readings which covers most (but not all) of scripture. Each of the three years features one of the four gospels as its primary gospel, with John’s Gospel appearing at different times all three years. This year the primary gospel that we are hearing Sunday mornings is the Gospel According to Mark. I shared an overview of Mark’s Gospel here: What Is So Special About Mark’sGospel?

But this year we also hear a lot from John’s Gospel, so I thought I would share a follow-up post here on what is so special about John’s Gospel. And there is a lot that is special about this gospel! It is written in a way that makes it very easy to read, but the more time that one spends…

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