Posts with the category “bible-and-theology”

Reflections on Hurting and Healing
October 6th, 2022
Why do bad things happen? It’s a question my daughter has been asking in her first philosophy class. It’s a question I’ve been asking in the wake of my bike accident. In fact, it’s a question I’ve hea...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Collecting the Pennies
January 24th, 2022
This morning I sat in my bed with a 13-month-old playfully swatting at my Bible. Eagerly exploring cause and effect, the baby kept closing the book, looking up at me, and giggling. I responded with cr...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Long Expected Son
December 20th, 2021
As Joseph and Mary crested the last hill into Bethlehem, Mary thought that she had never in her life been so happy to reach a destination. They had been traveling for several days, their trip made sli...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Calling All Amateur Bible Readers
November 1st, 2021
When we read and study the Bible together, whether it’s as part of a community group, a formal Bible study, or just a few friends meeting over coffee (or virtually via Zoom or an online app), we parti...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Discipleship Pathway, A Recap
October 26th, 2021
If you’ve been at Cornerstone for very long you’ve probably heard us talk about The Discipleship Pathway. Born out of a desire to help bring simplicity and order to the principles of our faith, The Di...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Resurrection Foretold
April 9th, 2020
“...Caiaphas understood with a jolt that this man was no man at all, but the corpse who had been buried in the tomb before him, somehow no longer dead but alive.”...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Woman at the Well
March 19th, 2020
“Jesus watched her in silence. As she lowered the vessel into the mouth of the well, he spoke softly so as not to startle her. ‘Will you share your water with a weary traveler?”...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
C.S. Lewis’ Thinking Belief
December 31st, 2019
From the beginnings of the church those who followed Jesus testified to their faith by telling the story of their own conversion. “Testimony” was an important part of verifying a true change of heart....  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
This Advent, Ask More Questions
December 20th, 2019
A few weeks ago we were reflecting as a family on what the kids discussed in Junior Church when I noticed their answers were starting to get a little rote— “Jesus,” “The Bible,” “God can do anything.....  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Limits of Science
July 25th, 2019
Scientific advances play a large role in our lives. Maybe you’re reading this article on a computer, a device made possible by understanding and controlling the flow of electrons. Or maybe you’re read...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Why Should I Care About Heaven?
July 9th, 2019
My father wasn’t a big part of my life, so my maternal grandfather was probably the biggest male influence for me growing up. Even though he lived in Jamaica and I lived in America and I only really s...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Watching Wisdom
June 13th, 2019
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”—James 3:13I have studied or worked in educational institutions for nearly all of my lif...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Dealing with the “Bummer” Effect
June 5th, 2019
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” -Psalm 125:1It’s not hard for Christians who read their Bibles (yes, there are many who don’t, but I know ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
On Reading Well
March 13th, 2019
I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately. From novels with my Kinder moms book club and middle elementary audio books on the drive home, to parenting books by neuroscientists and heady theological ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Three Reasons to Think About Eternity
January 2nd, 2019
All humans know that eternity is coming. A lot of us do our best to forget it. It can be disorienting to think about the fact that we will die and the universe will keep on going. Eternity is a long t...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Hannah Wants a Child, Part 3
December 18th, 2018
In parts one and two, we looked into Hannah’s culture as well as the words in her song to earn some insight into what God is showing us through her story. In this final post of the series, I want to c...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Hannah Wants a Child, Part 2
December 13th, 2018
n part one of our look at the biblical character of Hannah, we considered the cultural context of the time period that helps set the stage for Hannah’s desperate plea for a child. We left off the stor...  Read More
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Hannah Wants a Child, Part 1
December 11th, 2018
When trying to understand and apply Biblical narrative, some of our usual Bible study techniques can fall short. Diagramming sentences, for instance, doesn’t always give us the kind of insight into a ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Choosing the Feast Over Fast-Food
September 18th, 2018
I think it’s fair to say that I have a sweet-tooth. My fellow pastors gained this little nugget of insight into my person during our recent Elder Retreat. All of them were filled with amazement/envy a...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Asking More from Women in the Bible
July 3rd, 2018
If you are a woman in the Church, you have likely participated in some kind of Bible study about one of the female heroes of our faith. Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Hannah, Mary—there are a slew of women that...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Jane Austen and the War in Vietnam
May 10th, 2018
To most people the American war in Vietnam comes off as a huge mess.It was ‘my’ war since I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s. In my sophomore year in college I was drafted. I spent a month of sleeples...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Triumphal Entry
March 27th, 2018
“Mary could feel the excitement of those around her, exclaiming and praising, shouting and even crying as they rejoiced at the sight of this man entering the city like a king.”...  Read More
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A Meditation on Being "Old and Full of Years"
March 22nd, 2018
"Life can seem more deeply disappointing as you accumulate years and experiences...Yet all of us, at every age, struggle with how life isn't working." "Autumn is really the best of seasons; and I'm no...  Read More
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Presence is the Program
March 15th, 2018
"The church is so much more than a building, but it is also so much more than a program."What do you think of when you think of “the church”?  Some people think of a building.  They equate the church ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Light of the World
March 14th, 2018
“The rage on the faces of his fellow Pharisees was palpable, and although Nicodemus had determined to remain as neutral as possible, he could no longer sit idly by.”...  Read More
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Peter's Rebuke
February 27th, 2018
“From that first day, when Jesus had called him and his brother as they fished near the banks of the Sea of Galilee, his life had been turned upside down.”...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Demonic Nature of Self-Importance
January 4th, 2018
“You see, lacking this kind of gentle humility is not just unhealthy or problematic. It’s demonic.”    Many of us have had that strange experience before. The one where you hear a Bible verse from a b...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Honestly Seeking Eternity
December 27th, 2017
“Science asks, ‘HOW are we here?’ Faith asks, ‘WHY are we here?’”    One way of framing the science/Bible dispute over origins is saying that these two approaches frame the question differently. Scien...  Read More
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Thinking About Thinking
October 10th, 2017
“From our perspective, both Jesus and Moses made poor choices. Both of them seem to have abandoned a pretty useful life-plan and instead become a one-man national wrecking ball.” Ken Myers, the founde...  Read More
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All About Eve
September 21st, 2017
“...If we zoom out and take into perspective Eve’s life as a whole, remembering that she was a real person, we can see there is so much more to her story.”Imagine that your entire life was defined by ...  Read More
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Sports and the Tyranny of Self-Justification
August 22nd, 2017
“Christian, you have been justified by the blood of Christ, and are therefore free from the crushing burden of having to justify yourself through your performance.”    In the movie “Chariots of Fire”,...  Read More
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Your Bible is Not an IKEA Manual
July 18th, 2017
“Humble submission to God requires that I make a diligent effort to make myself familiar with the whole Bible.”    Where I live, I am considered the handy one. That includes my own family and the fami...  Read More
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Darkness, Blindness and Sight
March 29th, 2017
“The Bible has always used light and darkness, blindness and sight, as metaphors for our spiritual understanding. Salvation is a matter of God opening blind eyes by shining light into the darkness. Sp...  Read More
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The Ministry of Questions
March 8th, 2017
I was out to dinner with a group of non-Christian friends one evening when I was suddenly and unexpectedly put on the spot.“Alina, if an atheist is really, really good his whole life, can he go to Hea...  Read More
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Letters to CWLA: Pastor Matt
February 16th, 2017
“Through the ups and downs of life I pray that the constant reality for you is your experience of the love of God.”    In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Emperor\'s New Clothing
December 29th, 2016
"Jesus gives us clothes of salvation and righteousness that we can't earn, can't buy, and can't find here on the earth."    When I was a kid, I had a children's book that told the story of The Emperor...  Read More
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The Gray Areas and Our History
November 15th, 2016
“Our evangelical history—especially our recent history, over the last century—has often shaped the way we treat our Bible, and the way we over- or under-react [to gray areas] in our Christian lives. W...  Read More
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Family Devotions: Where to Start
November 8th, 2016
“I believe that intentional, focused time with your children, teaching them about who God is and what he has done, is invaluable.”    I’ve been doing family devotions with my kids for a decade now. Yo...  Read More
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Letters to CWLA: Pastor Brian
October 24th, 2016
“It is an inescapable conclusion that God made Cornerstone. And he made it good. And I am happy.”In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor has written a letter t...  Read More
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God and Money, Part 4
September 15th, 2016
True Contentment“In Christ, not only do we have everything we could ever need, but we are given freedom from the desire to be rich, we are given freedom from the love of money, and we are empowered to...  Read More
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