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Thanks to Thanksgiving, I totally forgot to send out last week’s compendium. So this week you get two weeks’ worth of posts. Do enjoy. And a happy Adventide to you.
In Comfort + Joy,
Playing god again?
I’ve been thinking about being a parent a lot lately. It’s been a bit of a rough season - nothing that, as parents, we’re not used to. Our daughter is 8 and we seem to be at the precipice of a new developmental stage. Which is always interesting. Well, a question about being a parent that I often have to stop and ask myself is this…Read more
24 days ago · 8 likes · 2 comments · Jonas Ellison
A countercultural Word
The Gospel, in a nutshell, is this… It is finished. Whatever sense of worth or affirmed identity you’re trying to achieve with Life or God or the Universe or the crowd or whatever is… Finished. It is yours. Pass. Not fail. Based NOT on anything you’ve done for Jesus…Read more
23 days ago · 8 likes · Jonas Ellison
Your greatest hope
As I mentioned yesterday, The liberation we get from the gospel promise (“It is finished”) is different than the liberation that we are promised in our culture of self-reliance and self-obsession. The gospel takes away our self-reliance and tells us that our liberation comes…Read more
21 days ago · 7 likes · Jonas Ellison
Does God's unconditional love create laziness?
The objection is this... So, if it truly is finished If I’m good-to-go with God not on behalf of anything I do but by what God has done for me in Jesus... Then doesn’t this make me lazy? Like, why do anything if I don’t HAVE TO do anything? It’s an honest objection. It is asked by people who think that the point of Christianity is behavior modification…Read more
21 days ago · 6 likes · Jonas Ellison
Thou shalt be jolly
Yesterday marked the first Sunday in the first liturgical season of the year… Advent. I have to say, I love the seasonality of the liturgical calendar. I love how it goes along with the seasons outside of my window while keeping me rooted in the story of Jesus…Read more
16 days ago · 5 likes · 3 comments · Jonas Ellison
Held in our sorrow
I didn’t mean to bum anyone out the other day by talking about all of that sorrow and despair. Truly. See, we can’t spiritually override the blue notes in our lives. For years, I tried to do this. Whenever I got down in the dumps, I’d spiritually try to pull myself above them and 'get into a higher vibration.’ This low mood, I thought, was bad. Or, it w…Read more
14 days ago · 12 likes · 2 comments · Jonas Ellison
A God of Delight
To be made in the image of God is to be made as a lover and delighter. This is God’s role, as revealed through Jesus. God does not control or condemn. Rather, God loves and delights. This is why God creates. Because God wants to. Not because God begrudgingly has to…Read more
13 days ago · 5 likes · Jonas Ellison