Why did the early church include a line tracking Jesus’ descension and ascension? Where they just trying to keep track of Jesus’ movements? Or do these lines reveal a much greater truth about the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection?
P.S. I realized after the fact that I confused Kyrie Irving with J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock. My bad.
The cross is so ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. It was commonplace to see roads and hills littered with crosses from Roman executions. Crucifixion was a method of capital punishment in which the victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang, perhaps for several days, until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. It is an ancient execution tool that has become synonymous with a major world religion. There is something profoundly different about Christianity that from the very beginning of its formation Jesus’ followers were intensely interested in the death of their God. So what is it about the cross? What is it that turns it from tragedy to celebration? Because it was necessary
The first Christian believers had an identity crisis. The Abrahamic faith was unique in its proclamation that there was only one true God and only he should be worshipped. So what do they do with Jesus who claimed to be the Son of God? Was he also God? Could they worship him? What do Jesus’ divinity and humanity look like? Join Pastor Tim as he unpacks these truths in his examination of the Apostles’ Cree and its affirmation that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
If you’ve been around the church, if you’ve read the Bible – old or new testament – then the language of calling God our Father probably doesn’t surprise you! Both the Jewish and Christian faiths’ are founded in the image of a loving and compassionate father. However, the Apostles’ Creed was formed in the church of Rome and in the context of Roman social life. Join Pastor Tim as he unpacks the use of “father” in the Roman world and for us today.
The Apostles’ Creed starts with three words, “I believe in…” Belief is a universal reality! In all areas of the world, throughout all of history, we find religion. The word ‘creed’ comes from the Latin word credo, meaning ‘I believe and trust’. Join Pastor Tim as he unpacks the concept of belief.
As we continue to press in for breakthrough in 2019, what do we do when we don’t see God moving? In each of our lives, there is a battle going on between our subjective experience and the objective truth of God. How do we hold on to the promises of God when it seems like he is not answering?
In a recent Lifeway poll, Protestant Christians affirmed two seemingly contradictory statements. 65% of respondents agreed, “I can walk with God without other believers” and 75% of respondents agreed, “I need other believers to help me grow in my walk with God.” Join Pastor Tim as he looks at the tension in every Christian walk between our need for an intimate and personal relationship with God and the need for life in community.