Treasures from John’s Gospel: 'Monday Morning Musing - March 22, 2021'

This is the first in a seven- part series sharing different “nuggets” from the Prologue to John’s Gospel and the entire Gospel. In this first installment some basic introduction is covered and a quick look at the relational nature of the phrase: and the Word was WITH God as meaning “into the Father’s bosom.”

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False Positive: 'Monday Morning Musings - March 15, 2021'

Have you ever been told it is inappropriate to deal with a problem directly, implying that in doing so is being “too negative”? Have you been told that we should only “focus on positive things?” If that were true there would be no New Testament. The false positive belief system permeates popular level Western Evangelicalism.

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To Judge or Not to Judge: 'Monday Morning Musing - March 8, 2021'

Being judgmental is the unpardonable sin in our culture – civic and church. It seems “do not judge” is the only scripture some folks know! The same Lord who says do not judge lest you be judged, also said to judge with righteous judgment. Does grace preclude critique? Is nothing deemed “out of bounds” ? What is the difference between judgment, discernment, and condemnation?

 

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The Robust Love of God – Part 2: 'Monday Morning Musings - March 1, 2021'

Some times John is called the “Apostle of Love”. If the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles are read without any of our cultural filters, it seems our idea of “love” and John’s are not the same!  What was going on in John’s community that would make him say some of the severe things that he said? Let’s read the epistles without a filter of romanticism and idealism.

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The Robust Love of God – Part 1: 'Monday Morning Musings - February 22, 2021'

God’s love is neither sentimental nor romantic. Christian social media is saturated with the topic of the love of God. But what is being espoused as essential is a culturally sanitized version that is guaranteed to offend no one, and hurt no one’s feelings . . . ever. We simply can’t find any thing in the Scriptures that meets that idea of “love.” God’s love is broader, deeper and more robust than that . . . and challenging.

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Copyright 2021. Dr. Stephen R. Crosby. www.stevecrosby.org. For video and audio resources, sign up as a student here. You will find a mix of both free resources and those with cost. This ministry is sustained by the freewill offerings of those believe in the message of a radical grace in a new covenant understanding. If this blog article has been a blessing to you, would you prayerfully consider making a contribution through our Paypal button to help? Stephanos Ministries is NOT a 501-c-3 corporation Click here to understand why. Thank you and God bless you.

 

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Gentleness – Jesus Style: 'Monday Morning Musing - February 1, 2021'

Like humility and meekness, biblical gentleness is not a human personality trait. It is a spiritual awareness of our one-ness with each other in weakness. It is a quality that understands and lives from a relational awareness of mitigating circumstances. It does not demand its just due from stark legal, quid-pro-quo dynamics. Gentleness is like mercy. It is a tempering quality to the severity that is always inherent in naked justice.

 

 

Copyright 2021. Dr. Stephen R. Crosby. www.stevecrosby.org. For video and audio resources, sign up as a student here. You will find a mix of both free resources and those with cost. This ministry is sustained by the freewill offerings of those believe in the message of a radical grace in a new covenant understanding. If this blog article has been a blessing to you, would you prayerfully consider making a contribution through our Paypal button to help? Stephanos Ministries is NOT a 501-c-3 corporation Click here to understand why. Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

Humility – Part 3 – It is Not a Technique to Get People to Like You: 'Monday Morning Musing - January 18. 2021'

This episode briefly explains how the early church redefined the Greek idea of humility of “largeness of soul” or “magnanimity” to “littleness of soul” before a great God. Humility is not chronic self-awareness of one’s personal short-comings. Insecure and timid people are always intimidated by someone who is truly humble, biblically defined. Jesus was gentle, meek, and full of humility. Yet He was crucified by good, conservative, religious people (Roman and Jewish). If we think gentleness, meekness and humility are qualities that are going to make us well-liked or popular “Church-folk”, we are in for a shock. 

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Humility – Part Two – “Fake Humility”: 'Monday Morning Musing January 11, 2021'

A true story of how someone who acted so “humble” had a whole congregation fooled. When we fail to exercise discernment between Biblical humility and the phony, personality-based, religious, demonically activated counterfeit, we will be fooled also. Fake humility is a common element of relationally inauthentic Christian communities.

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Copyright 2021. Dr. Stephen R. Crosby. www.stevecrosby.org. For video and audio resources, sign up as a student here. You will find a mix of both free resources and those with cost. This ministry is sustained by the freewill offerings of those believe in the message of a radical grace in a new covenant understanding. If this blog article has been a blessing to you, would you prayerfully consider making a contribution through our Paypal button to help? Stephanos Ministries is NOT a 501-c-3 corporation Click here to understand why. Thank you and God bless you.

The Simplicity That is in Christ: 'Jesus is Simple. The Bible is Not.'

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Simplicity in Christ

Jesus is simple. The Bible isn’t. Jesus is deeply, profoundly, unknowably, unfathomably, costly, and painfully–simple.

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