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?
When God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac to the top of Moriah so that he might sacrifice him before the Lord, it probably seemed like God was just like the other "gods" of the ancient world. The ancient gods of Mesopotamia were erratic, bloodthirsty, obsessed with sexuality, and always focused on self-appeasement. Human … Continue reading This God is Different
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