Tag Archives: salvation

Companions in the journey

Sometimes Jesus just seems cranky, like during this road trip through Samaria (Luke 9:51-62). Someone offers to follow him, and Jesus encourages him to reconsider. You’ll have no place ever again to call home, Jesus tells him, no place even to rest (vv. 57-58). Jesus invites another, who wants to honor his father, and tells […]

The power of one

Have you been saved? I remember the last time someone asked me that question. It was during my undergraduate years when I was working at a funeral home – an oddly appropriate place to ask the question, don’t you think – and someone whom I vaguely knew came up to me and asked with all […]

Working out our own salvation

We are saved by grace through faith, John Wesley asserted, but we are not saved for our benefit; we are saved for good works in the name of God. God blesses us so that we may be a blessing for others. Among all of Wesley’s sermons, “On Working Out Our Own Salvation” is among the […]

Enron and the church

Enron, the giant energy company that experienced a colossal self-destruction in 2001, is still providing lessons for us, this time in the newsletter of Laura Stack (The Productivity Pro). The lesson she draws is about how the company’s top executives completely lost track of the company’s mission and values and instead “focused on feathering their […]