Healing Our Body, Soul and Spirit-Part 1

We may acknowledge that character is important, but in our faith-walk may only deal with what we would call the “spirit” rather than our emotional and intellectual life, even though that is what the soul is made of. Dr. Grant Mullen (in Emotionally Free) makes a useful distinction between body, soul and spirit. In looking […] Read more »

What We Need to Know About Church Authority

Authority in the early church was not based on position, but rather on the group confirmation of a calling on an individual’s life. Deacons were the first group of people set apart for ministry after the apostles (Acts 6).  Having said that, job titles did not seem to be important in the early church, nor […] Read more »

What Does the Bible Say About the Authority Of Employers?

Master and Slave or Employer and Employee (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-4:1) Again it seems clear that in these relationships Paul encourages the Ephesian and Colossian church to treat each other with mutual respect. A more detailed understanding of this relationship is outlined in Philemon.  This little epistle is really a guide for dealing with job […] Read more »

Husbands and Wives in Harmony

Wives and Husbands (Ephesians 5: 21-35; Colossians 3:18-19) It is unfortunate that in the some church circles it seems that more attention has been paid to wives’ responsibility to their husbands than husbands’ responsibility to their wives.  While wives are told to submit (Ephesians 5: 22) and love their husbands, husbands are given the great challenge of […] Read more »

Three Responsibilities of Parents to Their Children

Scripture is fairly clear regarding the responsibility of parents to their children.  Operating under godly authority, parents are to provide the following basic needs for their children: Food and other basic physical requirements:   Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for […] Read more »

Healthy Parenting limits emotional wounds

Scripture is clear that children are to honour their parents.  The Apostle Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus that this is not only a command from God, but also the first commandment with a promise (Ephesians 6:1-3). In addition, God has clearly given parents authority over their children, and again this authority is to be […] Read more »

Misuse of Authority

Our concept of evil can get entangled with our beliefs about Biblical authority. Biblical authority is a difficult concept to grasp. Our concept of authority structure is generally based on a hierarchical system such as the military or many business models. Flow charts have a top and a bottom. Often, our understanding of authority defaults […] Read more »

Why Evil Happens

Evil acts recounted throughout the Bible, as well as in present-day events, continue to have the same effect of separating us from each other and from God. Any act of sexual abuse is evil because it is, in and of itself, a violation of God’s laws as recorded throughout scripture. In addition, it is evil […] Read more »

Evil in Action

Most of us can easily describe evil acts that are a direct rebellion against God’s written laws.  God’s recorded laws, the Ten Commandments, and other laws elsewhere in the Old Testament in most cases give clear moral directives. As Christians, we understand that doing evil, or sin, is choosing not to obey God’s moral code. […] Read more »

What is Evil?

We tend to think of evil as an act in and of itself. The reality is that evil, or sin (as Christians call it), is better judged by the outcome of any given act. In the garden of Eden eating fruit from a tree is not, in and of itself, an evil act. First and foremost […] Read more »