Posts By: Adam

Do Not Fear (the right way)

“The maxim of illusory religion runs: ‘Fear not; trust in God and He will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you’; that of real religion, on the contrary, is ‘Fear not; the things that you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you, but they are nothing to… Read more »

Praying for Enemies

“We assault others when we act against what is good for them, even with their consent.” Dallas Willard Who is an enemy? Using Willard’s insight we have a basic way to understand the difference between a friend and an enemy. As Christians (like most people), we don’t usually like to think of anybody as an… Read more »

Good Debt

Even the Gentiles I became a Christian at 15. Before that, I hung out with kids in the city who were not strangers to abusing alcohol and other substances. We had an unspoken code of ethics among us that you share and share alike. If you were unwilling to receive “gifts” from others, that meant… Read more »

Friendship and Suffering

Substitution or Recapitulation? The substitutionary model says Christ suffered so we don’t have to. The Orthodox perspective is that Christ identified with humanity so we could partake of His divinity. Christ suffered so we could know how to suffer and not be broken. He identified with humanity in both its sympathies and antipathies. In other words,… Read more »

Christmas at the Goodwill Store

Our strings ensemble is very busy this time of year. We have several performances planned in hospitals, churches, a nursing home, and the rescue mission. We also have a full-fledged Christmas concert scheduled on December 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the community. If you can make it we would love to have you! One of… Read more »

Following in the Footsteps of God

By Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Most Christians are familiar with the passage in Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” As a young Christian I heard this passage used almost… Read more »

Which Community?

In a recent post I used material from Watchman Nee to discuss the nature and necessity of being part of a local body of believers. In summary, community provides essential functions (covering, restraint and supply) necessary for human flourishing. Being a member of a local fellowship of Christians who love each other is the only… Read more »

How God is Revealed

“If God is a community of love then He can only be revealed through a people who love each other.” Alec Brooks

The Intention To Be A Kingdom Person

“Concretely, we intend to live in the kingdom of God by intending to obey the precise example and teachings of Jesus.” Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard