We tend to imagine the kingdom of God as a coming “automatic reality” in which, in one moment, everything is different. [Read more…]
How should we navigate the disturbance of intense expressions of devotion and passion?
There is a high cost to expressing extravagant passion. Intense passion for anything is often difficult for all involved to work through. How can believers with varying degrees of passion for Jesus get along? [Read more…]
Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.
Whenever someone demonstrates what, in my opinion, is “excessive fervency” or inappropriate amounts of zeal, I find that in the past I would become deeply annoyed. [Read more…]