I’ve always had a fascination for prepositional theology, that is, theology that is oriented around prepositions. At one point, I even suggested a series of six prepositional statements that could be a contemporary expression of what we in The Christian and Missionary Alliance call the Fourfold Gospel – Jesus our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. It was not enthusiastically welcomed. I understand why. Still, verses like 1 John 4:9 invite us to think of the Christian life through the lens of
I’ve always loved the story of Elisha the prophet and his assistant in 2 Kings 6:8-17. The king of Aram was waging war against Israel. But every time the king of Aram would plan his attacks, the Lord would reveal the location to Elisha beforehand. Elisha would then warn the king of Israel, enabling the Israelites to be on guard in those places and avoid defeat. Exasperated, the king of Aram at first thinks he has a traitor among his own ranks.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).Let’s say an employee was seriously injured on the job. The doctors did all they could do, but the employee was still left partially paralyzed.An investigation was done and the court declared that the company was at fault, because it didn’t provide a safe work place or the proper safety equipment.Thus the company was liable for
I watched a movie episode recently that was entitled “Sacrifice”. Between warring clans, inequities had been meted out and people had been unjustly killed.In order for the inequities to be righted and justice to be done, a sacrifice had to be made by the Queen. She had to surrender herself and her powerful sword.This wasn’t a Christian movie, but it makes a statement about justice and sacrifice that sounds similar to the story in the Bible!“This is love: not that