Author: Michael Milton

Confessing Christ in the Secular Age

Is the Church entering a new epoch where the Church must confess Jesus Christ in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor called “the secular age?” One of the most extraordinary passages in the synoptic Gospels is the confession of Jesus’ identity by the Apostle Peter. This famous event in church history occurs in Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30, and in Luke 9:18-22. There are a myriad of remarkable spiritual dynamics at work in the passage, each of them with far-reaching theological and practical implications for the Church and, consequently, for your life and mine. We should consider, for instance, Jesus’ unequivocal...

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Call the Midwife: Pain, Providence, and Promise in Exodus 1 and 2

Life is filled with mystery. Many of our sorrows and if we would admit it many of our successes are attributable to powers other than ourselves. It can leave us feeling helpless. It is as if there is a deeper spiritual battle raging just beyond the veil of our existence. This past weekend I had Chaplain duty. I am the command chaplain of U.S. Military Intelligence. A soldier came to me and said that she had heard me in Chapel that morning and was intrigued by the message and how the Spirit that was pervasive in the Chapel. I...

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Portrait of a Minister Approved by Christ

1 Timothy 4:6-16, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we...

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How God’s Garden Grows: Do You Hear Jesus’ Parable of the Sower?

How God’s Garden Grows Somewhere in the crowd sat a sower. There was likely carpenter. We know that there were religious leaders. There may have been an older woman who had spent her girlhood helping her father in the fields. Perhaps, there was a boy of ten years old or so, whose young tender skin was already deeply bronzed by the midday sun, his back hurting from the hours of work in the fields (and, maybe, hours of running through the rows with a dog). They were all there. They were sitting on the ground: look there, you might...

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Unto the Hills: How God Defends His Saints

Unto the Hills (Psalm 121) As the ancient Hebrew children of God made their way up to Jerusalem, they sang the Psalms of Ascent. One of those, Psalm 121, remains one of the most beloved selections from the sacred Psalter. Perhaps, it is because the Psalmist is enabled to paint a picture with mere words which we all can relate to. For as the Psalmist begins with the unforgettable phrase, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help,” the reader must face the juxtaposition of the serene vista of God’s creation, in their...

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