Pursuing Biblical God Blog

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

A grand adventure awaits us but only if we are willing to leave what we have behind The first chapter of Mark talks about Jesus calling his disciples. As he walks along the shore, he comes across two brothers fishing. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 26, 2017, 10:00 am
We can learn to pray by following Jesus’s example, as long as we don’t misapply it When it comes to praying, there is no better teacher than Jesus. Perhaps that’s why many of his followers memorize the prayer he taught … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 23, 2017, 10:00 am
God will shine so brightly that we won’t need the sun to see As the epic battle in Revelation continues, just before Babylon—the symbol of all that’s evil—is about to receive her final punishment, an angel comes from heaven. John … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Through Jesus we can discover our response to violence and oppression Seldom a day goes by when we don’t hear of terrorists who commit violence and murder in the name of their faith. These religious zealots believe a higher calling … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 16, 2017, 10:00 am
Good and evil are not equal and opposite forces In Revelation we read about the dragon and the beast, a great battle, and the tribulation the whole world faces. Embedded in the middle of this epic tale, we see a … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 12, 2017, 10:00 am
We live in a world that thinks bigger is better, but that’s not always true Our modern-day society evaluates things based on size. We celebrate magnitude, with bigger being better. This includes church. We often assume that bigger churches, in … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 9, 2017, 10:00 am
We need to learn to worship God in silence, doing nothing but standing in awe of him The Book of Revelation is an amazing book. However, I fear that many people miss the point of it. The intent of Revelation … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:00 am
Read the Holy Scriptures as a guidebook more so than a rulebook Though some people read the Bible out of a sense of obligation—and granted, sometimes we have seasons where we just need to push through—others read its words to … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 2, 2017, 10:00 am
What we may perceive as a lack of love may actually be the embodiment of it In the book of Revelation, John shares a grand vision with an epic scope, far reaching and future focused. But before we get to … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Church services have become an event, with consumers who come to watch a show Today’s churches contain two types of people. And each of us fits in one category or the other. We are either performers or spectators. If this … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 25, 2017, 10:00 am
Whoever has the Son has life In the first of John’s three letters, he writes to the early followers of Jesus, reminding them of God’s essential message about Jesus, light, and life. Jesus, by the way, is the light and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Don’t be a slave to the Law or to legalism, but be free to accept Sunday as a gift from God The fourth of God’s Ten Commandments tells us to not work on the seventh day of the week and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 18, 2017, 10:00 am
When we focus on other people, we may lose sight of our own calling As Jesus wraps up his stint on earth, he spends some time with his disciples, the core group he trained for three years. They will need … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 14, 2017, 10:00 am
A church and its congregation shouldn’t let a corporate mentality infiltrate it’s thinking In “Why Business Practices Hurt the Church” we discussed how business thinking has improperly affected the big-picture perspectives of church. Yet the business mindset goes deeper than … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 11, 2017, 10:00 am
Too many people fail to see God at work and instead oppose those who follow him into his new ways Jesus warns his followers what awaits them. First, they’ll get kicked out of their church and then people will kill … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 7, 2017, 10:00 am
We can receive focus for life decisions from the Word of God The Bible offers much for us, assuming we bother to tap into its treasure-trove of knowledge. One of the Bible’s uses is to provide direction for our lives. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 4, 2017, 10:00 am
Too often we place our personal needs over what God is at work doing When Jesus’s friend Lazarus dies, Jesus goes to were the man is interred and, with a dramatic flair, raises him from the dead. When the people … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 31, 2017, 10:00 am
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