Archive for November, 2016|Monthly archive page

A Voice of One Calling

As the season of Advent begins, so does our anticipation of Christ’s arrival at Christmas. We start with a vision given to a man named Zechariah, which found its fulfilment on the banks of the Jordan River some thirty years later where people much like us were called to “Prepare the way for the Lord.”

Readings: Luke 1:5-17; 3:1-6

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Savior/Judge

Depending on who you talk to (or what verse you have open in front of you) God has a couple of different ways of dealing with our shortcomings. At times, He comes across as a Judge who is ready to mete out punishment, while at other times, like a Saviour who will get us off the hook. Can He possibly be both?

Readings: 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 3:16-17

So Close Yet So Far

 One of the great mysteries of faith is that people around the world claim to have personal relationship with God, without ever seeing or being able to fully or consistently describe this God.  Theologians and philosophers use the words ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Immanence’ to describe this tension between God’s sovereign distance from the material world, while maintaining vital closeness to it.  This is more than a theological/philosophical discussion however, so we’ll spend time fleshing out the practical implications of these two essential Divine qualities.
Scriptures- Exodus 33:12-23

Liberal-Conservative

With our neighbours to the south about to participate in an election for the ages, there seems like no better time to talk about politics! Followers of Jesus on either side of the spectrum (and everywhere in between) like to think about God as being just like them. So the big question is, which side is right?

1 Kings 19:9b-18; Galatians 3:26-28