March 2023: ‘Deeper’ + The Hope of Glory

How has your Lent been going? I think sometimes when we make grand Lent commitments and stumble through them, we forget the point: Drawing nearer to Christ. Let’s focus on that more. 

Here’s my March recap: 

Best Book I Read This Month 

I have become a big Dane Ortlund fan. He communicates deep theological truths in such a kind and impactful way. Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners was no exception. You can find it here

Best Article I Read This Month

Police brutality is horrifyingly common. But the system is set up so there is minimal accountability and too much leeway in the exercise of power. Until bad cops are publicly and harshly punished, things will not begin to change. A Reason magazine article published this month lays out this argument and is worth the read. You can view it here. 

Tip + Trick of the Month

Did you know that your body physically clings to trauma and stress? This is especially true of your hips. This Healthline article does a great job of diving into the details of why the hips and how this works. 

So, need to do some emotional processing or have an upcoming therapy appointment? Maybe try a few hip stretches first. It can only help. 

Quote of the Month

“Do you want to be right or do you want to love?” -Sarah Wilson

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

I’ve been reading through Colossians a lot in the past weeks, and recently, I was caught by a phrase I had never truly thought through. It was ‘the hope of glory.’ 

It isn’t an uncommon sentiment in Scripture. But the use of the phrase in Colossians 1:27 made me stop in my tracks: 

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (ESV) 

What is the hope of glory? Scholars could have much more academic thoughts, but this is the simple thought I jotted down upon reading: 

“What does ‘the hope of glory’ mean? That regardless of how this time on earth plays out, I have hope because I am glory-bound and will dwell in glory alongside Christ my Savior.” 

Those who have been saved by Christ’s work on the cross will dwell together with Him, witnesses to the glory of God forever and ever. If that can’t produce hope in hardship, not much can. 

If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, the hope of glory is not out of reach. Shoot me an email or leave a comment and we can talk. 

I hope your March Madness brackets were spot-on and that you had a lovely March. I’ll catch you next month.

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