Kyle G Jones

Examples Of Grace

BY KYLE G JONES

I was once asked why I thought young people were leaving the church in droves after they graduated high school. As a director of youth and family ministry, I’m well positioned to answer. My response: Sunday school. We’re losing young people as children in Sunday school because we’re teaching Bible stories to modify behavior…

Examples Of Grace

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

BY KYLE G JONES

It’s been my experience that All Saints’ Day, celebrated on November 1st and observed on the first Sunday following, gets overshadowed by the celebration of Reformation Day. This often overlooked church holiday embraces every major aspect of Christianity and grounds the Christian in realities only realized in Christ.

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

Hearing the Gospel with Old Testament Ears

BY KYLE G JONES

As a bass player, when I listen to music, I listen for what the bassist is doing. But, when I listen to music in my 2004 Honda Civic I have a problem: only one of the four speakers works. Everything I listen to is panned to the left, leaving my favorite songs sounding hallow and half-empty.

Hearing the Gospel with Old Testament Ears

Scripture Speaks with an Accent

BY KYLE G JONES

Though written in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) by around 40 different people, over the course of 2,000 years, all of Scripture speaks with the same accent. The accent of Scripture emphasized that Christ is for you. Yes, you. He’s not for the perfect people of our imaginations.

Scripture Speaks with an Accent

On Assurance in the Christian Faith

BY KYLE G JONES

Assurance for the Christian comes not from within; from one’s inner power or strength to believe or from the amount of faith one has. Like salvation, it comes “extra nos” — outside of ourselves. Our assurance doesn’t come from some inner ethereal, subjective feeling.

On Assurance in the Christian Faith

God’s Word in Our Mouths

BY KYLE G JONES

What makes a meal more than food? We all have important meals in our lives; birthday meals; anniversary meals; traditional holiday meals. But, what makes sharing a meal with someone (or someones) significant? The type of food? How it’s eaten? Where it’s eaten?

God’s Word in Our Mouths

A King for a Criminal

BY KYLE G JONES AND KATHY STRAUCH

No greater injustice exists than to declare the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. For the one guilty of irreparable harm to walk off scot-free offends our conscience. But, for the innocent one to pay for the crimes of the guilty assaults the very notions of truth, morality, and justice we hold dear.

A King for a Criminal

Absolution Over Resolution

BY KYLE G JONES

As a new year approaches, a mawkish paranoia sets in. Looking over our shoulders, we add up our good choices, our praises, and our reasons to celebrate. We balance them against our persistent bad habits, criticisms from others, and those haunting mistakes we wish never happened.

Absolution Over Resolution

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

BY KYLE G JONES

We practice walking backward into the future every December despite using forward-facing language. The evidence hangs on our Christmas trees. Twenty-year-old childhood crafts, hand-me-downs from generations past, gifts to mark special occasions.

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

More in Christ Than Was Lost in Adam

BY KYLE G JONES

All manner of theologians, philosophers, and historians have used more ink and paper than can be weighed to expound upon the incarnation of the Son of God and its implications for humanity. Of those, Johann Gerhard composed, what I believe to be, the most remarkable.

More in Christ Than Was Lost in Adam

Go And Be Dead

BY KYLE G JONES

We sinners share a common problem when it comes to Jesus’ parables. We read them with an eye to our own righteousness. That is, we read them with our eyes peeled for what they might tell us to do. We read them with Law tinted lenses.

Go And Be Dead