The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive

Near the end of the second century, a bishop named Irenaeus wrote a classic Christian book from Lyons, a city in France. The book was called “Against Heresies.” In it Irenaeus uttered this wonderful phrase, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”    There is a great deal of meaning packed into these words. At the very least, Irenaeus is arguing for fully ...

Words that Wound; Words that Heal

In America we have been taught from the time we are small that what comes out of someone’s mouth is really no big deal. We’ve all heard the old nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”I often wonder who the foolish person was who came up with that nursery rhyme because I would like to throw a few sticks and stones their ...

Follow Me and I Will Make You…What?

The other night at the small group that I attend, the leader of our group taught on Jesus’ calling of his first disciples. In this story from Matthew 4, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and his brother, Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake because they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you ...

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