Disciples or Converts – Is There a Difference?

discipleship21As far as my formal Christianity is concerned, I come from a baptist background. As baptists, we have a tendency to describe things in categories and outline commands in action-points. This does not always work well for us. While such a cautious approach to the Christian walk protects many of us from error, it does not always work out as planned. A lot of confusion that tends to happen between the teaching phase and the application phase of “doing” church or group bible studies. One confused notion that I used to hold for a long time, yet never paid much mind to, was that there is a difference between a convert and a disciple of Christ. Continue reading Disciples or Converts – Is There a Difference?

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The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”

thorns_thumb[1]I don’t recall ever hearing a sermon or reading a commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 in which the speaker or writer did not pause to speculate on what Paul’s thorn could have been. Somehow, the nature of this thorn seems important to us than it was to Paul, who chose not to reveal it. It is easy to get lost in a wild goose chase after theories and exegetical gymnastics that will help us uncover this thorn. But today, as I read through yet another reflection on that thorny passage, a thought crossed my mind: Our obsession with Paul’s thorn is a telling indicator of what we fear most about our own sanctification.

Consider these three famous speculations about the nature of Paul’s thorn: Continue reading The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”