Completing, Not Finding

“Consider it a pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”—James 1:2-5 NIV James opens his epistle with the exhortation to endure the […]

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The Comma Matters

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose […]

From Witness to With-ness

Becoming flesh and blood admittedly sounds grotesque. The shock of the statement’s morbidity is however, appropriate for understanding the scandal of Jesus’ restorative work within our world. Defying our natural sensibilities, this act that Jesus invites His followers to embody is one of particular presence. Meaning, Jesus did not haphazardly meander through our world. Instead, […]

The Localized Church

As I have noted before, I grew up with a lot of animals. My dad collected everything from bizarre reptiles to unmentionable creepy crawlies. Yet, some of the first creatures curated in the zoo that was our living room were exotic fish. Bright in vibrant colors, I was completely spellbound by another world contained within […]