The Clash of Kingdoms

The Bible is framed as a clash between the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of this world. What does this mean for us, our expectations of the world, and our interaction with it? I cover these questions tonight in the close of my miniseries on social justice. Check out this podcast episode on 1208GREENWOOD’s webpage…

Order Among Prophets

Paul loves to reflect on order when talking about church services in 1 Corinthians 14. That subject continues to be in play all the way to the end of the chapter. What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things…

Early Church Services

Everyone today loves to fight about the right way to “do church.” Every last variant of a church service seems up for grabs to debate. We argue about, songs, instrumentation, liturgy, communion, traditions, on-stage symbolism, message presentation, lighting, Bible translation, appropriate practice of spiritual gifts, acceptable clothing and the list goes on. Everyone thinks they…

Temple #1: Eden

While God is omnipresent, He did have special dwelling places on Earth throughout the Old Testament. It began in Eden, where God’s presence was so tangible that He could be sensed in the “the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Ge 3:8). Eden was His holy…

Spiritual Theology

I remember reading a book by Frank Bartleman, who documented the events leading up to the Azusa Street Revival which took place at the start of the 20th century. While I appreciated the book and found it interesting, there was one line that really stuck with me in an off-putting way: “We need no more…