A New Home For Strands of Thought

Greg Strand – April 6, 2018 Leave a comment

It has been a great joy and privilege to write and post on Strands of Thought. I pray it has been helpful. More so, I pray I have been faithful.

This will be my last post on this site. Strands of Thought is moving to a new home on the EFCA blog. I will continue to write and post as I have in the past, but you will now access them from a new website. You will be able to search and access all previous posts, both from the archive and new articles, through the author page. You will also have to subscribe to this new site in order to receive updates whenever new posts are published. This can be done in the blog sidebar. I encourage you to read and comment, so that we can continue learning together. As I often say, theology is best lived in community.

As we make this transition, and as you make this journey with me to a new site, I remind us of two important truths in the Christian life with an accompanying call to remain faithful.

First, having just celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are reminded that we live and wait between the times of Christ’s first and second comings. As we do, we seek to live faithfully as those who waited for Christ’s first coming who “died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:13-16). We are living and waiting in and by faith for Christ’s return with the absolute certainty that his second coming will be as certain as the first. Being strangers and exiles with a heavenly home elsewhere, affects how we live here and now. This has much to say to us in the present day.

Second, it the midst of changes and transitions, we are reminded of the absolute truth that “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil. 3:20-21). This does not make us passive, but gives us convictional certainty, compassion and courage.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14).

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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