Pursuing Biblical God Blog

Pursuing Biblical God: reflecting on God, the Bible, his church, and us

Church attendance may relate to faith or the two may have no connection at all It borders on gossip, but I occasionally hear a whispered concern about so-and-so not going to church anymore. They dropped out, which in the minds … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Though many people like an easy Jesus, not everyone accepts what he says Jesus normally teaches the masses in parables. Though most don’t really understand what he means, they like his stories because they’re so countercultural. Plus, he sometimes gives … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:00 am
Many churches try to operate like a business even though that model doesn’t apply In our culture we’re familiar with the structure of businesses. We either work for a business or we run one. It’s a natural extension to apply … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Considering Jesus as the Word of God shines new light on some verses in the Bible The book of John, which is a biography of Jesus, opens with a most poetic passage. It calls Jesus the Word. It confirms Jesus’s … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:00 am
We get to know God better as we read about him in the Bible Is the Bible a book about God or a book about his crazy people? The answer is yes. In combining these two ideas, we can say … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 14, 2017, 10:00 am
Examine our motives when we give Paul writes a succinct reminder to Jesus’s followers in Corinth. By extension it also applies to us. He says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously,” … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:00 am
4 insights in how we are to approach God Because of who Jesus is and what he did for us, our relationship with God the Father changes. Through Jesus we have a new connection with Papa that we didn’t have … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 7, 2017, 10:00 am
Regardless of circumstances, God walks with us In Paul’s second letter to the believers in Corinth, he warns them not to deceive others or distort God’s word (2 Corinthians 4:2). That is, don’t misrepresent God’s character or intent to the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 3, 2017, 10:00 am
The Bible tells us to not give up meeting together, but we often miss the point As we persevere in our faith, one aspect of this is to not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). Many people interpret this verse … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 30, 2017, 10:00 am
When we do God’s work, our labor is not in vain As Paul winds down his first letter to the church in Corinth, he gives a simple command, followed by some encouragement. He says for them—and us, by extension—to remain … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 26, 2017, 10:00 am
The book of Hebrews tells us how to react to what God has done for us An interesting passage in Hebrews opens with a reminder of who we are in Jesus and through Jesus (Hebrews 10:23-25). With this as our … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Do not seek your own good, but what’s best for others We live in a narcissistic, self-centered world. We put ourselves first and care only about what’s in our best interest. Too many people live their life with the attitude … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Jesus wants us to live in unity but instead our manmade denominations divide us I recently attended a friend’s ordination ceremony who had graduated from seminary and became a minister. It’s not the first such occasion I attended, and it … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 16, 2017, 10:00 am
Though the Bible tells us to judge, who we’re supposed to judge may shock you When Paul writes to his friends in Corinth, he has much to say because they struggle with many things. He spends a whole chapter in … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 12, 2017, 10:00 am
The list of faith essentials is short—a list of only one item Two thousand years ago the religious leaders, called Pharisees, heap a bunch of manmade requirements on the backs of the people so they can be right with God. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 9, 2017, 10:00 am
Some people don’t have biological offspring, but everyone can have spiritual descendants Paul wraps up his letter to the church in Rome with a long list of people Most of these names stream past our eyes as unfamiliar. We’re tempted … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 5, 2017, 10:00 am
Many people carry misconceptions about the purpose of church, and we need to set aside that thinking Last Sunday in “What is Church,” I suggested we are the church. Church isn’t a place we go—not really. It’s who we are. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 2, 2017, 10:00 am
God removes branches from his tree and adds others to it In Romans 11 Paul talks about graft. Not political graft but the biological kind. In this case, grafting takes a branch from one tree and attaches it to the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 29, 2017, 10:00 am
The church of Jesus needs to focus on three things and master them all In our normal usage, church is a building, a place we go to—often on Sunday mornings. I’ll be there later today. Other definitions for church include … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 26, 2017, 10:00 am
We dishonor God by persisting in sin because we assume his grace will cover it A highschool friend heard about the doctrine of eternal security—which some people shorten to the more accessible mantra of “once saved, always saved”—and latched onto … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:00 am