What Does “Fellowship” Have to Do with the Work of the Church?

One Sabbath day, Jesus went to the synagogue in his hometown and when given the scroll containing the words of Isaiah, Jesus turned to the 61st chapter and read: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim […]

When Pain Opens Us To Divine Transformation

Scripture: John 20:1-2, 11-18 Mary Magdalene, this faithful follower of Jesus, was attending to the duties of a disciple. None of the Twelve got up with her that morning to attend to their Teacher’s body. Paralyzed by grief, disillusionment, shame, or fear… they did not make the trip. It was a trip faithful disciples were […]

Beyond Shame and Performance

“Live in the light.” There are times when I twist wisdom like this into a dizzying pendulum swing between an ego-inflating holier-than-thou mentality or a self-worth deflating shame spiral of doom. Performance Driven spirituality tends to isolate us from the vulnerability necessary for intimate community and authentic transformation. Instead, we are stuck skating on the […]

A World of Change

We can have peace in that our God does not change, he is consistent in his character and nature, and in this we can take comfort. However, we exist in a world that changes constantly and seems to get faster daily. Moore’s Law tells us that the processing speed of computers will double every two […]

Priesthood of the Believer for Children

One of the reasons I joined the Baptist Church as a young adult is the view that Baptists assert that each individual is created in the image of God, and therefore each individual is competent under God to make moral, spiritual, and religious decisions (Shurden, 1993). The question I have been pondering lately is, “How […]

What IS Worldly?

Scripture: James 4:1-10 What IS Worldly? Power. Control. Divisiveness. This isn’t the latest season of Netflix’s hit series House of Cards. These are the problems James, the early church leader, identifies in some of the first Christian communities. Unchecked cravings lead to division; division leads to quarreling; quarreling leads to violence. This is not a […]

Monitor and Adjust

For many of us it is hard to believe that we are entering Spring season and soon will be in Summer. I imagine many Summer plans are already being made in anticipation of time-off and getting away. Much like families, the church looks forward to and plans for the near future as any responsible organization […]

A Biblical Conversation with The Shack

William Paul Young initially wrote the book for his children, with the hope that it would be distributed to a wider audience. WOW! That hope is being realized, first as a blockbuster book and now as a hit movie. The movie improves upon the book (See Value Added section.) Young’s novel and the film are […]

Fruits, Yes! By Wilson Wayne Grant, M.D.

BECOMING- – – – – – – – – – – – ​The Spiritual Growth Newsletter 2802​Wilson Wayne Grant, Publisher​March 2017 Fruits, Yes! There came a time in my life when I recognized a profound truth: I am who I am because of all those who have touched me. This truth came to life for […]

Fellowship of the Light: Beyond Shame and Performance

Scripture: 1 John 1:5-2:6 Fellowship of the Light: Beyond Shame and Performance “Live in the light.” There are times when I twist wisdom like this into a dizzying pendulum swing between an ego-inflating holier-than-thou mentality or a self-worth deflating shame spiral of doom. Performance Driven spirituality leaves us perpetually shaking in the winds of whatever […]