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Worship involves our bodies as well as our hearts and minds. Our posture tells a story. It makes a statement to God and to others about the state of our souls and the affections and passions of our heart. If you were to visit Bridgeway, you would immediately recognize that we freely and frequently lift our hands when we worship. Some people may be seen kneeling. Some sit throughout the course of a service, either by preference or due to some physical limitation. Some just stand. And yes, some even dance. But for the sake of time and space, I’ll forego talking of the other postures and restrict my comments to the lifting of hands and its significance for worship.

Let’s revisit the night when the birth of Jesus was announced. As for the shepherds, they have been unjustifiably vilified.

Was the primary purpose of the healing ministry of Jesus to confirm his messianic identity and deity?

The immediate answer to the question posed in my title is, Yes, of course. Each individual Christian has the immeasurable privilege and joy of knowing and enjoying the love God has for them in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:5; Gal. 2:20).

Shame and guilt are often confused in people’s thinking. What are they, and how do they differ from each other?

Jonathan Edwards responds to such arguments in his treatise on The Freedom of the Will. Whereas Open Theists, as such, did not constitute a discernible theological group at the time Edwards lived, there were a sufficient number of those who advocated something similar to it that Edwards felt compelled to respond.