There are a lot of weeds in our society. As we try to live as a people of God, serving others and seeking justice, there are those that are promoting a doctrine of hate, greed and discrimination. Our natural tendency is to want to eliminate those weeds in society so we can live in a more just world as children … Read the rest
Jesus began his ministry by talking with moralism, but as his crowds grew and opposition increased, he changed the method of his preaching by talking in parables. The beauty of parables is … Read the rest
It’s impossible to fully understand God, but we can continue to have faith and trust in God, because God fully understands us. We can go … Read the rest
Many interpretations of this passage focus on the evil Jesus felt was happening inside the church. That’s an easy way to view this passage. We would never do … Read the rest
God is always open to having a relationship with us. But often things get in the way of our relationship. One such thing our human desire for recognition, which can lead to self-righteousness. Jesus addresses this when he tells us in Matthew 6 that when we pray, we should do so in secrecy. Those who pray loudly and publicly trump their Christianity … Read the rest
Jesus went all “Jerry Springer” in Matthew 5:17-32. He upended traditional thought by preaching that it’s not the religious laws that ultimately matter, it’s what’s in one’s heart. And if we have God in our heart, we will ultimately follow the law.
For example, anger against another person can grow inside us to the point that it turns into contempt, … Read the rest
Banning refugees from our borders, promoting torture for our prisoners, placing a physical barrier between our Mexican brothers and sisters, creating a universe of “alternative facts” — the last week has been tough for many Christians.
We are in a blood fight. Not just in a blood fight about policy and what is right or wrong, but about what is … Read the rest
We don’t tend to rely on the advice of Jesus when it goes about living our daily lives. The booming market of self-help books, TED Talks … Read the rest
It’s difficult to grasp the concept that Jesus was both God and human. He isn’t like Spiderman, who distinctively lived two different lives: as Peter Parker the photojournalist, who could turn into a superhero when needed.
Jesus was God and human — all the time. When he healed people, he did as God and human. When he prayed, he did … Read the rest
Herod was surrounded by religious and political authorities, however, it was three wisemen — essentially pagan astrologers — who knew about the birth of Jesus. While religious leaders of time were very studied men, they were not open to seeing God in nature. It was the wisemen who were open to God.
In our life, we need to follow the … Read the rest