Presence Music (Pt 1)

It has become popular over the years for pastors to remind their congregations that what we do with our lives is worship and not just the music we sing on Sundays. This, of course, is all good and true and needs to be said given how lacking the church is in discipleship. By all means,…

Salvation by Faith Alone

The Bible tells us that faith in Jesus alone can save us and that is it. But then the Bible also paints pictures that say how we live our lives matters to salvation as well. So which is it? Is it faith alone? If so, then what part does good works play in the conversation?…

The Poor Advantage?

A minister from a popular church released a book a few months back about wealthiness. I skimmed a good portion of it only because I had previously enjoyed the minister’s teachings in the past and I wanted to know what he was saying before I made any judgments. I did not read it because I had…

The Servant Songs

Paul calls Jesus a “servant,” a powerful image to the people of his time both from a cultural perspective and from within the world of messianic expectation. In this episode we go deeper into the humility of Jesus that Christians are to imitate and takes us deeper into Isaiah’s 4-5 servant songs to show us…

No Fear in Death

At church tomorrow we’ll be moving into a classic passage from Philippians 2, but before we get there I want to hone in on Paul’s very intriguing attitude in Philippians 1:21-26. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for…