Joel Russell-MacLean

June 2024

Growing Under the Care of the Holy Spirit         You can try and watch something grow but most of the time growth is so slow you can’t see it happening. Then one day you look and the growth is unmistakable. The growth of children can be striking in this way, sometimes it […]

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May 2024

Pentecost          “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages” Acts 2:4. Jesus came to cleanse the temple of our hearts. Then, on the day of Pentecost, God the Holy Spirit came to live with and within humanity. This was another profound and pivotal

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April 2024

Salvation and History          History is not incidental to God’s salvation. Jesus’ story can’t be told well apart from history. He came into the story of the Hebrew people and many others as well, Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, or Romans, to name a few. As well, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is understood

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March 2024

Faith and Doubt           The resurrection of Jesus is a big claim and not the easiest to accept. Understandably, many ask themselves if that could really have happened. Jesus’ contemporaries found it just as incredible as we do. There are good reasons to accept that Jesus rose from the dead just as

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February 2024

Lent: Helpful or Harmful?           Baptists are cautious about treating special days, seasons, or Christian practices as necessary observances. We want to avoid becoming legalistic or Pharisaical but we also want to avoid saying, “Whatever works for you.” The debate between Jesus and the Pharisees might be helpful for us. The

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