Letting Jesus deal with our iceberg

icebergIt’s our inner life that determines the quality and course of our outer life (Prov.4:23). It’s this submerged area of “us” that often shipwrecks our faith, leaving a trail of broken relationships in its wake. It even affects how we read our Bible.

I was at a conference recently where Pete Scazzero (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality) Continue reading

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Saved by a Father’s outrageous love

beautiful-surrender-helsers-cover-webI want to use a song from Jonathan & Melissa Helser’s latest album, Beautiful Surrender, to share my testimony about what God has done in me. This song is titled, “Outrageous Love” (written by Ed Cash and Jonathan David Helser, 2016).

Whenever I introduce my book, Sonshift, I will usually say something to the effect that it’s a story about how the Father’s outrageous love saved me after almost 25 years of being a Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Christian! Continue reading

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What does God really want? – Part Two

god_handsWe’ve been looking at what God really wants from us. We saw in part one that even in the Old Testament it wasn’t about following orders like a slave or sacrificing bulls and goats. It’s always been about other-centered love.

We already saw glimpses of this desire in the prophetic voice but that was largely missed Continue reading

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What does God really want? – Part One

god_handsWhat does God really want from us? Obedience? Yes, but in what sense? Reverential fear? Again, what’s that supposed to look like? Worship? Trust?

Over the years, it seems to me that many devoted Christians tend to view their relationship with God in terms of behavior modification and obligation. Continue reading

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“But we see Jesus…”

Heresmyheart“Rather than sinners being exterminated, children being dashed to pieces, and wives being raped in the day of the Lord’s “coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger,” as envisioned by Isaiah (Isa. 13:9–16, NASB), God in Christ was violently seized, beaten, and crucified. Instead of destroying sinners, God allowed himself in his Son to be slain by sinners and for sinners on the cross. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).”

– C.S. Cowles, Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology), loc. 654 Kindle edition.

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God said what?! – Part Seven

light_tunnelWe’re ready to come up from the dark underbelly of Scripture. We’ve looked at some of the most common answers to defend the genocidal Canaan conquest passages. We could go a lot deeper, but I think I’ve stretched you enough for now. 🙂

Now, I would like to share how I’ve come to understand these troubling texts. Continue reading

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God said what?! – Part Six

light_tunnelWe will look at two more common answers given in response to the genocidal implications of the Canaan Conquest before heading out the other side of this theological rabbit hole.

If you haven’t read the previous parts of this series, I suggest you do so before continuing here. Continue reading

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