By Rachel Macy Stafford Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. — Ephesians 4:14-15 Standing in the classroom one day, at the end of another career day talk, looking through the notes written on index cards, it was evident that my honest confessions and vulnerability…

Let’s ask the early church fathers. Sometimes we start our history in the wrong place. It can be tempting to trace our roots back to the origin of our denomination or even the origin of Christianity in our country. But taking a longer view by tracing our roots back to the early church fathers leads to some surprises. We discover that some things, though relatively unusual in recent times, are actually very normal across the broader sweep of human history. Angels and demons would be an obvious example. Or, more surprisingly, miraculous gifts. There is general agreement today that gifts…

We are told that there are things that accompany salvation (Hebrews 6:9). The things that accompany salvation are probably innumerable. Here are but a few. Abundant life – John 10:10 Being sanctified – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Christ in us – Colossians 1:27 Deliverance from the power of darkness – Colossians 1:13 Eternal life – 1 John 5:11 Forgiveness – 1 John 1:9 God being for us – Romans 8:31 Hope – Acts 24:15 Illumination – Hebrews 8:1 Joy and peace – Romans 15:13 Knowing the things God has freely given – 1 Corinthians 2:12 Learning Christ – Ephesians 4:20 Married…