More Than Merely Human - 1 Cor. 3:1-4

“I’m only human.” For us, that’s an excuse. We can’t be expected to avoid fights and quarrels because we have feelings, opinions, and emotions just like anybody else. Nobody could be expected to just ignore or overlook the insults and hostility we’ve faced. And so whenever we give in to some basic human desire rather than resisting it, we justify ourselves by pointing out that we are only human.And ever since the fall of Adam, this excuse makes a lot of sense: Humans can’t overcome sin and properly reflect the image of God. Humans can’t choose to follow God and…

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by CJ Bowen

The Light of Righteousness - Psalm 112:4

Blow the trumpet, Isaiah. Sound the alarm. Wake the worshipers up! Tell the congregation that there is something terribly wrong with them if they come here and worship and sing and pray and fast and act like they are doing righteousness while people around them go hungry, homeless, naked, and oppressed. Blow the trumpet, Isaiah.The reveille of Isaiah 58 says that worship without good works of mercy is worthless. It doesn’t matter how many warm fuzzies you feel toward Jesus if you ignore the hungry. It makes no difference to God how passionately you sing the psalms if you leave…

Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Shaming the Strong - 1 Cor. 1:18-31

Shame is good. Shame is the sense or emotion that you have fallen short in some way, which means that shamelessness lays claim to perfection, and that claim is always and everywhere a lie, with one God-given exception. Every son or daughter of Adam has some experience of shame, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That shame is good, because shame is an assault on boasting, which is a symptom of that great sickness of the soul known as idolatry.God uses the tool of shame to attack boasting for two reasons: first, to vindicate…

Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 by CJ Bowen