Posts by Landon Dale (Page 3)

Who Writes Your Family Story? – John Wheeler

Every family has a story. And for most families that story is dysfunctional in some way. One example of that is found in Jacob’s family. As his 12 sons are born, their names tell a story of heartache and hope. And in the families growing dysfunction, if we pay attention, it is obvious that God is working even in their conflict and…

A Cruciform Life – John Wheeler

The life that God calls Christians to live, is a life centered on and directed by the Cross. God hasn’t called us to live religiously different from the world, but radically different. As radically different as the idea that God would go to the Cross to save sinners.

A Cruciform Baptism – John Wheeler

Baptism has been an issue of conflict in modern times. It wasn’t so in the early church. Baptism was understood to be inseparably linked with the cross of Jesus; his death, burial and resurrection. To understand Baptism today requires seeing it in this connection; a cruciform baptism. In the early church Baptism was Blasphemy to…

The Cruciform Resurrection – John Wheeler

When Jesus was raised, he still bore the wounds of crucifixion. Those wounds rather than being erased by resurrection, became proof of his resurrection. As we are united with him in his death and resurrection, we need to understand that our wounds also remain, not to defeat or discourage us, but to remind us that in our weaknesses his strength is magnified…

The “Problem” with Romans 8:28 – Mark Wylie

The problem with Romans 8:28 is…. “Good” doesn’t always feel “Great” It’s too tempting to take the verse out of its immediate context… And when we do that, it’s like only listening to a 20 second clip of a 40 min. ‘masterpiece’ It’s a wonderful passage in and of itself, but it’s only the ‘tip of the iceberg’

Taking it to the Streets – Cross Walk – John Wheeler

Crossing the street can be dangerous unless you use the cross walk. Living for Christ also requires us to use a Cross Walk – a life defined by self denial and taking up our cross daily. Bearing our cross isn’t just some random burden, but rather a specific denial of self for the purpose of serving God and others. The Good Samaritan…

We Are Christ’s Ambassadors: Raised from the Dead

When we give ourselves to Christ in baptism, we die to the old self, are buried with him, and then raised with him to walk a new life. That new life involves not just living a life of personal purity, but also a life of community concern towards our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as to the world. We live…