What If God Put Controversies in the Bible on Purpose?

One aspect of a bigger thought process I’m in right now.

There are some things in the Bible that just aren’t clear. When Paul talked about mystery (e.g. Ephesians 6:19), he wasn’t joking! If you read your Bible honestly and extensively, you’ll see why there are controversies among modern believers. Just to name some of the big ones,

  • Timing of the rapture
  • Role of women in church leadership
  • Baptism’s relationship to faith
  • election/free will

There’s a part of me that says, “If the brightest minds haven’t resolved these issues in the 1500-ish years since the Bible was codified, I’m not going to figure them out.” But there’s another part of me that says, “I need to know the right answer, and I need to know it now!!!!!” I’m still trying to find a balance because I believe God enjoys our inquiry and wants us to pursue knowledge of Him (Romans 11:33my favorite, Hebrews 11:6), but He also expects us to practice our faith, which often means we trust without evidence (Hebrews 11:1). Continue reading

Three Paths We “Walk”

Last week, I wrote about becoming more Christlike as we go through life.

The New Testament often uses the word walk to talk about the process of living. (In fact, the NIV uses “live a life” in place of walk in Colossians 1:10.) There wasn’t space, however, to unpack walk. Today, let’s revisit those verses and consider three paths in which we walk (because in follows walk all three times). Continue reading

Love = 5M

This is a departure from my usual style in posts.  
Just something to think about.  Insert your own examples.
author's original work
(c) Carole Sparks

from 1 John 4:7-21

The measure: how we gauge our Walk (or Christlikeness).

If we love one another, God lives in us . . .

Everyone who loves has been born of God . . .

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them . . .

The medium: the way we relate to each other.

Let us love one another . . .

We know and rely on the love of God . . .

The method: the tool we use in relationships.

Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

This is how love is made complete among us . . . we are like Jesus . . .

The message: what we say through our words and actions.

Not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son . . .

The motiveGod is love.

“God is love” only begins to cover how wrapped up in love our lives can/should be. #GodIsLove #NotAboutMe via @Carole_Sparks. (click to tweet)

Often, the most profound things are the simplest. How have you seen love as essential to our life in Christ? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!