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Blog Archives: May 2015

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

May 28, 2015
Tag Tuck
Patience may be the least loved fruit of the Spirit. We continue writing about the fruit of the Spirit this week with a discussion of patience. Maybe it’s too strong to say that it is the least loved fruit. The truth is all of us love to be treated with patience by others. Someone extends patience to me when I am working to correct an unhelpful but ingrained habit. But no matter how much I hope others will put up with me when I try to stop biting my fingernails, smacking my lips, or leave my socks on the living room floor, the shoe is on the ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

May 22, 2015
Tag Tuck
We continue writing about the fruit of the Spirit this week with a discussion of peace. As we’ve been saying all along, fruit is the product of growth and life. Secondly, we locate the source of that growth in the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Last week’s discussion of joy was intertwined with the concept of peace as defined by the Hebrew word shalom. Cornelius Plantinga in his book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be gives this definition of peace: “The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

May 14, 2015
Tag Tuck
Our blog posts on the fruit of the Spirit continue this week with the second thing listed in Galatians 5:22-23—joy. As Stacey, our youth director, reminded us last week there are two assumptions in the phrase “fruit of the Spirit.” First, fruit is the product of growth and life. Second, the source of that growth and life is located in the Holy Spirit. So when we discuss joy as a fruit of the Spirit we are acknowledging that we can grow in our lifetime in the area of joy and that we need the Holy Spirit in order to do that. But what would it ...

Foundations Resources

May 12, 2015
Jimmy Wood
Below is a selected bibliography for further reading on the men of faith we have been discussing in Foundations. Jonathan Edwards A God-Entranced Vision of All Things, John Piper Why God Created the World: A Jonathan Edwards Adaptation, Ben Stevens Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, George Marsden Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God, Dane Ortland   Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas (Also has an Abridged Version) ...

Word of the Week

May 08, 2015
Tag Tuck
Last week we sang a new song that contained this prayer: Spirit, heal our neighborhood Until Your kingdom work is done Teach us what is just and good As we look for the city that's yet to come These four lines contain a great summary of our mission as a local body of believers here in Charlottesville. We look around us and see things that are both beautiful and broken in our corner of creation. This week while officiating a graveside service I was reminded so clearly of the truth that we groan together at our bondage to ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

May 07, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
Today I’m kicking off a nine-week blog series on the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.  When we say the phrase “fruit of the Spirit” two things are assumed: 1) “fruit” is the product of growth and life and 2) “of the Spirit” explains where that fruit comes from or its source. The first fruit of the Spirit listed is love and that is no coincidence.  It’s the engine that powers and drives the remaining eight fruits.  Matthew 22 speaks of love being the greatest commandment of all.  Without love there can be no joy, peace, ...