the Stone and the Oak

A journey into bible education with the stronghold of the of the oak the accountability of the stone

Paul writes to the Ephesians that accepting Christ into their hearts will find them “grounded and rooted in love.” It gave me pause: what kind of soil am I sinking my roots into?

Whatever I choose to immerse myself in— chronic busyness, the act of pleasing others, the search for bodily comfort— will determine what kind of fruit I will bear or whether I will bear any at all.

What does rooting in the soil of God’s love produce?

The human brain contains what is called the comparative frontoparietal network which allows us to take in stimuli and compare, contrast, and categorize as part of our biological makeup. Making quick decisions based on comparison must have been important in agrarian life: pick the clean fruit; leave the bug-ravaged fruit. In their article “The culture …

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June 2020 saw a country torn apart and a powerful call to reconcile issues of race emerged. The deep divide echoes that of Rome when Paul hoped to unify Jew and Gentile. Reconciling differences and repairing past hurts takes work. It is a holy work, a humbling work, a necessary work. Latasha Morrison’s book Be the Bridge offers guidance for Christians seeking racial literacy. If we do the work, we can achieve the unification that Paul hoped for the Romans.

As I mentioned in my Instagram post, I was not terribly familiar with Acts before starting it. I had familiarity with the gospels, but Acts was somewhat of a mystery to me. And to my surprise, Acts is the most action-packed collection of fantastic (and harrowing) stories of the apostles as they begin to build …

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