One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?
This week our children have been learning a phrase at Vacation Bible School that I love for them to be hearing from such a young age: "Always Be Ready". There are so many cases in the Scriptures when God tells someone (or someones) to pick up and go, often without them knowing exactly where they … Continue reading Would you pick up and go? Could you?
There is an ancient Hindu teaching which says something like: "There are many paths up the mountain to god. You may choose any path you like. The only foolish person is the one who runs around the bottom of the mountain telling everyone else they are on the wrong path." This teaching may sound wise … Continue reading Stairway to Heaven: Is there a path to God?
One of my favorite artists is the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. While many of his paintings are way too risque, his perspectives often challenge my thinking about reality. The painting below, Son of Man, is an interesting take on how sin and selfishness obscure our view of the real world God has for us. I … Continue reading What is Sin?
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?
This morning I preached on the "second" Jacob and Esau story -- the deception by Rebekah and Jacob which ultimately resulted in Jacob, and not Esau, receiving their father Isaac's blessing. There were two points from the message that I've been asked to share. The first comes from an article I read recently by a … Continue reading Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions
A few weeks ago, I preached a message at our church from James 2:14-18 (see below) in which I made the following statement: "James the Apostle understood that the poor, needy, and under-resourced are fertile ground for the good news we call the gospel message. They are often broken people who are keenly aware of … Continue reading How I Offended my Homeless Friend