Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

Reformation Day #500

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther put forth his Ninety-five Theses (and may have nailed them to the door of the chapel at Wittenberg Castle) and caused a ripple effect that would forever change the course of western Christianity. Eric Metaxas describes the plight of the medieval Christian in his timely new biography of Luther: […]

Lessons From the Lord’s Prayer

On Wednesday, I wrote briefly about prayer, and I feel that I should make it clear that I wasn’t trying to belittle liturgical prayers in any way, only pointing out that prayer need not always be some grand affair.  Prayer should always come from the heart, but we can learn much from the prayers that […]

Can’t Find the Words

Prayer often becomes a real stumbling block for us as Christians, though it really needn’t be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people, young and old, tell me that they don’t want to pray aloud in front of a group because they don’t think they’re “good at it,” and I can’t help […]

Rules and Freedom

Freedom Requires Rules On Monday, I wrote a bit about salvation, and this post continues along that theme. Perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions about the Christian faith is that the defining characteristic of Christians is “being good” (and following, salvation depends on how “good” one is). A common objection to following Jesus Christ involves […]

Christ’s Commitment to Us

Something that I’ve been considering a lot lately is my understanding of sanctification and salvation through Jesus Christ. Dave Dorr, pastor of Passage Church recently wrote a short but insightful article regarding the difference between us accepting Christ and Christ accepting us.  In “The Gap Between Us Accepting Christ and Christ Accepting Us”, Dorr writes: […]

Worship and Prayer: A Personal Relationship

Whenever I have the opportunity to give my testimony, I talk about how God was working in my life for months before I happened to attend a concert marking the last Maryland appearance of the band Five Iron Frenzy. A Christian ska band known for silly songs and crazy antics, FIF also wrote some of […]