The Historical Jesus - Part 2 of 3 Who did Jesus claim to be? All of us are guilty of fashioning our own Jesus to a certain degree. I am convinced this is completely unavoidable. At the same time, one of our goals as we mature in Christ ought to be that we know Him truly, … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 2 – Dangerous Claims
The Historical Jesus - Part 1 of 3 What do we really know about Jesus? Well, for those of us who live according to the "for the Bible tells me so" mentality, there is quite a lot. But not everyone gives the Bible the credibility it deserves. Those who consider the Bible to be pseudo-history, or partial … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 1 – The Fake Jesus
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" These have to be some of the most difficult words of Jesus to understand and interpret. Jesus seems to feel abandoned during His most critical hour of need. If Jesus felt this way, how are we ever … Continue reading Did Jesus sing, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”
Imago Dei Genesis 1-2 tells us that God put a great deal of thought and intentionality into His creation of human beings. Indeed when God created humans, He altered both the rhythm and the function of all that He was creating. The end of the sixth day of creation is drawn out in Genesis, and … Continue reading What does it mean that we are created in God’s Image?
For many believers, the verses of Scripture we call the "Beatitudes," which are found in Matthew 5:3-12, are among the most beautiful and inspiring words ever spoken by Jesus. They can also be some of His most perplexing words. Jesus was not the first teacher to use "beatitudes." On the contrary, the beatitude was a … Continue reading A unique look at the “Beatitudes” of Jesus
There are some things in life that pause the entire momentum of our schedules and force the swirling inertia of our multi-tasked lives to stop -- and behold. They can even take our breath away. In my adult life, I have found such experiences to be more prevalent within the chambers of a good museum. … Continue reading ‘He Careth’ – How a Painting Makes Providence Come to Life
Jesus wept. Has anyone else been disturbed by the pervading darkness around us in the last few weeks? Tornadoes, bombings, explosions, fires, collapsed buildings, murder trials, brutal captivities, and multiple scenarios involving the harming of children have dominated every form of media with which we are saturated. I don't know about you, but it gets … Continue reading Something is seriously wrong with our world.