Should We Say the Church Is not a Building?

Many rightfully affirm that we are the church—not the church building. But this affirmation sometimes leads to the conclusion that meeting together in a church building does not matter. That is not true. It does matter.   The term church names the gathered reality of the body of Christ locally and universally (depending on context) whose purpose centres on worship through song, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the Word, and other like forms of worship. And this means that the body of Christ should meet together in one place to fulfill their service of worship. Here is what I mean.  A People...

God Cares about Your Well-Being, Even Now

There aren’t any stories in the Bible about people sitting on leather couches while talking to professionals about self-actualization. But that doesn’t mean God isn’t interested in our well-being. God loves and cares about us, and that obviously includes our souls, bodies, and minds. The Bible is full of stories about people under great duress. Job, David and Paul come to mind. Psalm 88 (NIV) ends like this: “You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend” (verse 18). When you think darkness is your closest friend you are clearly not in a great place. My gut...

On the Art of Dying as a Christian

As I’ve been caring for seriously ill patients with COVID-19 on ventilators over the last few weeks, death and dying have been on my mind. The pandemic has forced all of us to confront the reality of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our mortality. Even the separation and isolation occasioned by the pandemic response have felt like a kind of death as we are cut off from those we love. Life is no longer something we can take for granted. Perhaps this fresh awareness of our mortality is something we can carry with us beyond the pandemic. We are mortal...

5 Ways to Look Like A Christian during COVID19

The evangelism strategy in the early church appears to have been some version of the following: Step One: Live a distinctively Christian life Step Two: Do your homework Step Three: Take full advantage of every opportunity you are given Step Four: Don’t blow your testimony by acting foolishly We see evidence of this basic approach in Peter’s first epistle:  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet...

Better Than Before

These are hard times. I pray that God uses them to grow us, personally and corporately, so that we emerge better and holier than before.

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