In On Everything (Eph 2:11-13)

“But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel,…

Political Fervor & Christian Apathy

This is a timely repost from about 5 years ago when MainStreet was just getting launched. It was during another local election season where people were passionately campaigning for and against a school referendum. You can sense my urgency and deep burden for this community.  Regardless how we vote on November 8, may we vote Jesus leader of our lives…

EPHESIANS 11: A Truth Too Rich to Swallow

d “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved….” (Eph. 2:4-5).  I have trouble finishing an entire piece of french silk or pecan pie. Not because I don’t like it…

EPHESIANS 14: God’s Masterpiece (2:10)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Eph. 2:10). If I were called to the hospital bedside of a person who just attempted but failed to take their own life, I think I would bring this…

EPHESIANS 13: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (Eph. 2:8-9). Church planting has taught me many faith lessons. One unexpected (yet delicious)…

EPHESIANS 12: Solidarity with Christ is Everything (2:5-7)

“But God…made us alive with Christ….and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:5-7). Ephesians can be broken into two parts where the first 3…

EPHESIANS 10: A Terminal Diagnosis

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live…