What Are My Feelings For?

By: Alex Early on Thursday June 21, 2018

If I feel one way, does that make me righteous? If I feel another way, does that make me sinful? What exactly are these things that I can't see but can become visible to everyone around? Am I responsible for how I feel? That's a serious question. After all, in the ancient Greco-Roman world...

Trinity: Persons, Not ‘Parts’

By: Alex Early on Tuesday June 5, 2018

I was a student at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. My teacher was a gentleman named Walter Johnson. Dr. Johnson was a tall man, well-bearded, and wore round glasses. (Standard theologian attire). He was very bright and had a wonderful way of helping us students really...

Salvation in Your Final Hour

By: Alex Early on Tuesday May 22, 2018

We sometimes hear about “deathbed conversions,” in which someone repents of sins and confesses faith in Christ in the final moments before their death. Some might question whether such a “last-minute” conversion is legitimate being that the person has supposedly lived a life of sin and is...

St. Augustine: The Pear Thief

By: Alex Early on Thursday April 26, 2018

St. Augustine, (354-430 A.D) the Bishop of Hippo (North Africa, Algeria) was no exception. Prior to his conversion to Christ, he lived a wild life, indulging the flesh in every way. Writing book two of his legendary “Confessions”  his mid-40s, he reflects on his teenage years back when he...

Silence in Seattle

By: Alex Early on Tuesday April 10, 2018

Silence in Liturgy Nearly every week in our corporate worship gatherings at Redemption Church we intentionally place a time of silence into our liturgy. Yes, a moment of to be completely silent, with no agenda before Almighty God. Why on earth would we do this? Isn't church already the most...

Going On and On About the Love of God

By: Alex Early on Thursday March 1, 2018

Questions about whether or not I’m being faithful to the entire witness of Scripture pop up, and I find myself giving the same answers again and again. I thought it might be helpful to put a few thoughts down here. Burned Believers First, I’m unapologetic about being so brazen with my...

Jesus: Friend of Sinners & Saints

By: Alex Early on Thursday January 18, 2018

JESUS: FRIEND OF SINNERS In two places in the gospels (Matt. 11:19 and Luke 11:34) we read that Jesus was a “friend of sinners.” Jesus introduced an upside down Kingdom and part of the upside down-ness is the fact that he befriended the last in line, the least of these, the not-good-enoughs,...

Three Keys to Authentic Friendship

By: Alex Early on Tuesday December 26, 2017

Love is the Ground A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Prov. 17:17 When Solomon speaks of friendship, he does not speak in terms of economics, contracts, or score-keeping. He doesn’t think of competition or nit-picking. He uses the language...