Yelling at God

By: Alex Early on Tuesday November 6, 2018

The Bible gives us many examples of God’s people laying it all out on the table. The best place to go in Scripture to see examples of this is the Psalms. Look at just these few verses: With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plea for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before...

Brennan Manning Asks 15 Questions to Examine the Conscience

By: Alex Early on Thursday October 4, 2018

I'm slowly reading through Brennan Manning's very first book, Prophets and Lovers: In Search of the Holy Spirit. Like everything he wrote, it is wonderful. I heard him mention these questions in sermons on a number of occasions. Seeing them again this morning... well... they're as...

The Biggest Question and the Boldest Answer

By: Alex Early on Tuesday September 18, 2018

Question: What is your only comfort in life and in death? Before moving on.... just sit with that for a full 60 seconds and think about how you'd answer that.  What... Is... Your... Only... Comfort? Take a deep breath and in what Brennan calls "the bright darkness of faith," look at the...

The Reckless Love of God

By: Alex Early on Tuesday July 31, 2018

The gospel is for those who have been crushed by the weight of legalism. For those who have tried and tried to earn the favor of God by relentless church attendance, diligent Bible studies, unbroken prayer, and tithing. The gospel is for those who have been content to warm themselves by the fire of...

Keep Swimming in the Love of God for You

By: Alex Early on Tuesday July 24, 2018

The love of God is reckless, pervasive, and unstoppable. The love of God knows no limits or boundaries! Thus far, though billions have tried, none have been able to stop the work of God. The love of God is not reserved for just the rich or just the poor. It is not just for straight people,...

Where is God Calling Me?

By: Alex Early on Tuesday July 10, 2018

Oh that oft-used word in the evangelical circles that I was reared in that brought about such anxiety, fear, and constant second-guessing. My faith, if it can actually be called that, didn't amount to much. I discerned God's calling on my life much like the way I handled the magic 8-ball toy I...

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...