Anniversary Changes

This week marks the second anniversary of T2Pneuma.net which was established in 2013.  Thank you for your faithful readership! The theme of T2Pneuma.net, as outlined in the Home page,  “is online Pastor (or Christian ministry) and related topics.  I try to write about issues from my ministry and from issues of interest to readers.” This […]

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Persecution Can Be Transformative

“And Saul approved of his [Stephen’s] execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (Acts 8:1 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra In my grandparents’ home, every meal began with prayer and ended with […]

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Suffering Predates Salvation

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” (Isa 25:8 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra In both the Old Testament Books of the Law and Books of […]

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Persecution Gets Personal

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matt 5:11 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The ninth beatitude is the capstone beatitude and it repeats beatitude eight emphatically. The parallel in Luke’s Gospel is even more explicit. The ninth beatitude also […]

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Blessing Those that Persecute

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” (Romans 12:14 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Increasingly even in America, Christians find themselves the target of isolation, persecution, and even murder. During 2015 alone, a woman was jailed for publically espousing Biblical views on marriage [1], a church was the site of a […]

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Christian Paradox

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra When we think of sin, we normally think of sin against our neighbor rather than against God. In fact, […]

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Righteous Suffering

“Then the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings” (Exod 3:7 ESV). By Stephen W. Hiemstra For the Christian and for the Jew, the experience of God frequently arises in the context of righteous […]

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