Ephesians 4:1-13 / Sep 2012

January 14, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-j-dwight-stinnett] Ephesians 4:1-13 01“As a prisoner for the Lord….” A “prisoner for the Lord!!!” As I reflect on the opening of this passage I am forced to consider the question: Just who, or what, holds me prisoner? In piety I may easily identify those behaviors, habits, sins that hold me prisoner. But what about those … Read More

Ephesians 4:1-7 / Oct 2012

January 14, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-marcia-patton] 01Ephesians 4:3 “Maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches is unique in ABC/USA for at least two reasons. One, we are organized by ethnic caucuses. Two, we do our work by consensus. Evergreen was born out of the ABC/Northwest struggle over the role of … Read More

Ephesians 4:1-16 / Feb 2013

January 14, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-christian-pedersen] 01 Cooperating with the Holy Spirit Ephesians 4:3 In his book Union With Christ, Lewis Smedes talks about cooperating with the person of the Holy Spirit; “The Spirit is not exclusive property of the church. He is always free. Nor does He quietly run an assembly line where He pours into members a substance-like … Read More

Ephesians 4:1-16 / Feb 2013

January 14, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-philip-j-reed] 01 Called Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called … The church is called. God’s call is an invitation and a challenge. God invites us to participate in God’s life. God invites us to share in … Read More

Ephesians 4:1-13 / Sep 2013

January 13, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-karen-parchman] 01Love (Ephesians 4:1-2) Humans are natural problem-solvers. We notice issues, and look for solutions; we find flaws and diagnose deficiencies. One of the effects of problem-solving is that we tend to see every imperfection as something to be eradicated. If we create community to solve problems, many will hide their imperfections, keeping private what … Read More

Ephesians 4:1-16 / Sep 2013

January 13, 2015By Adam LangEph 4-1-16

[author-bio-mark-johnston] Ephesians 4: 1-16 01Called. Its hard to miss that calling, despite all the other things we mean by it, involves being collected into a new social reality with one another, created in Christ. It’s not in some invisible church sort of way, its very concrete. Paul addresses Christian communities in particular places. They are … Read More