Gratitude, OT Sacrifice, and 3 Points on Joy from Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly”

For today’s post, I want to pass along three points on joy that are intertwined with practicing gratitude from a great book called, “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. I ran across this as part of my sermon prep for this Sunday. We are going to talk about the practice of gratitude. Practicing gratitude — and reaping the rewards of joy […]

Amen to that!

“Amen” is an English transliteration of a Greek transliteration of a Hebrew word. In Greek it looks like this: ἀμήν and in Hebrew it looks like this: אָמֵן. Yes, it is a very old word! The basic three letters of “amen” — amn — also form the same word in other Semitic languages, such as Syriac and Aramaic. “Amen” essentially […]

Jesus’ core identity is not “redeemer,” and that matters.

If the Son is pre-existent with the Father (as Trinitarian theology asserts), then “Redeemer” is not part of his core identity. It is something the Son became on our behalf. “Redeemer” is a word that describes the Son’s relationship with us, not the essence of the Son’s being. Somehow that seems like an important point to me. It makes God […]