By Dennis Kinlaw Language is a great gift that God has given to us. The ability to converse or write is the particular mark of what it means to be a person. Animals neither write nor converse as such. The Bible seems to confine the power of language to God, angels and human beings. So, [...]
By Stan Key Many years ago, late on a November evening, a 31-year old French mathematician had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that changed his life forever. Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) wrote about what happened that night on a single sheet of paper and sewed it into the lapel of his coat. He wanted the [...]
by Erin Owens It is astonishing how a few minutes can change so much. Within seconds, life can be brought into this world or taken away. On September 15, 1999, a mere five minutes changed the course of my life. I was in seventh grade and attending one of my first youth group events. It [...]
The Cross and the Resurrection pose the greatest possibilities for participation and exchange in human history. Christ’s death on Calvary means we no longer have to live life from our woundedness. We now may live from His wounds, and be healed. Christ’s resurrection loudly proclaims that we no longer must be marked by Adam’s fall, [...]
With Easter approaching, I’ve been meditating on Paul’s promise for mutual participation in the resurrection: “he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies” (Romans 8:11).
Most of us think of resurrection in terms of immortality. Notice that Paul speaks just the opposite: he is not reflecting on resurrection to the “there and then,” but the here and now. He does it in much the same way as when he said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20). So Paul speaks about the mortal body—the one that you now have. That is the one that the Spirit promises to quicken. The work is not post mortem.keep looking »