For whatever reason, it’s easy for Christians to clam up and get weird when talking about their faith in the day-to-day. Here are a few tips to make bridge those inhibitions and get the conversation going.
In some ways, blogging is a form of thinking out loud in public. In fact, all social media has this element–thoughts are tried out whether in long form (like a blog post) or in short form (like a tweet or Facebook post), but often it is an exercise of talking to one’s self. In the sense that these ideas are expressed in ways that make sense to ourselves, but can often draw funny looks from others, if not outright criticism.
Was Peter a legalist?
That nagging question just wouldn’t leave me alone as I read through 1 Peter 1 a while back. Few New Testament authors emphasize holiness, purity, and obedience more than Peter. According to him, we have been elected for “obedience to Jesus Christ,” prepared for righteous living so that we can be “obedient children” who refuse to give in to sinful passions. And this obedience is part of the process through which we are tested, refined, and saved, with the ultimate goal of being ”holy in all your conduct” so that we can be holy as God is holy.
And this is just from the first chapter of his first letter.
The juggernauty growth of the gospel (Col. 1:6) requires newness all around. It is bursting through our lives and structures. It is utterly transformative. This is what we see in the breakneck pace with which Mark records the Gospel of Jesus’ life and work. He wants us to see (1) the absolute depths of joy and (2) the extraordinary wideness of transformation this joy has. The sheer authority of Jesus’ teaching results in deliverance, healing, restoration, and resurrection. How come?