Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

Tag: christanity

Welcome the Unwelcome

There was a major controversy in the early church ( something I know we are not accustomed to today).  Luke documents the controversy in Acts 15.  There was one major division between Jew and Gentile.

The Acts 15 controversy centered on whether Gentile Christians should go through the same rituals that the Jewish Christians did.  It was an issue of what qualified someone to be welcomed into the community. The Jewish Christians were not recognizing the Gentile Christians membership in the church.

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Walls

Walls are typically built for protection.  Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, leads a huge undertaking in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.   The Great Wall of China was built to protect dynasties from invasions by surrounding tribes.  We build fences around our yards to prevent the neighbor’s pets from trampling our lawns.  Emotional walls are produced to protect ourselves from getting hurt by others.

Walls are protective.

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