Eugene Peterson wrote, in his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, "Jesus' imagery, to be followed soon by his sacrifice, is totally counter to our culture of more, more. Could Jesus have made it any clearer? We don't become more, we become less. Instead of grasping more tightly to whatever we value, we let… Continue reading Advent Day 10: Matthew 10: Following Jesus is an Upside Down Business
If you have to force something, you really need to ask if it is love. If it isn’t love, you really need to ask yourself if you are of Messiah.
Read: Matthew 5; Galatians 5; Exodus At its very core, Advent is a time to think about the first coming of Messiah and, perhaps, to telescope that thinking into the future and his Second Revelation. When we take the time to pause and think about the Advent of our Lord, we are pausing to note… Continue reading Advent Day 5: Matthew 5: The Things We Often Forget
Read: Matthew 3; Psalm 2; Isaiah 42; Genesis 22; 1 Peter 1:1-12 It is quite impossible for me to overstate how important it is for us to see the big picture in the Bible. We are so accustomed to reading the Bible to find either how to be saved (in some way that we usually… Continue reading Advent Day 3: Matthew 3: Things to Come
Read: Matthew 2; Psalm 2; Revelation 12; Genesis 12 I thought a little more about that genealogy from Matthew chapter 1: "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." So, in some way, Jesus is related to David and Abraham. OK. And the Lord made promises to… Continue reading Advent Day 2: Matthew 2: The Real King of Israel
Read: Matthew 1; Romans 1:1-7; Hebrews 1; Isaiah 9:10-25 Advent is upon us and I am glad. It is an important time of the year for Christians to reflect upon the First Coming of Jesus and his subsequent ministry and, perhaps, to begin preparing ourselves for his Second Coming. You see, if the First Coming… Continue reading Advent: Day 1: Matthew 1 and the Genealogy of Jesus
And isn’t it funny who gets upset when Jesus does these things? You know, those who seem to have the most to lose–that is, their power. I love how Jesus simply loves, welcomes, and heals people and in so doing strips away the power of the powerful who will not.
I'm working on a project in the month of May. The goal is to read through the entire New Testament, the Psalms, and the Proverbs. It requires reading 14-15 chapters of the Bible per day. That doesn't sound like much until you actually start doing it. Some days the chapters are short, other days not… Continue reading 500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: Living and Reading Slowly
"So Dark is our situation that God Himself must enter and occupy it in order that it may be light. We cannot fully understand the Christian 'God with us' without the greatest astonishment at the glory of the divine grace and the greatest horror at our own plight."–Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, The Doctrine of Reconciliation,… Continue reading 500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: God with Us
Friends, here is part three of what was a planned four week series of sermons on Servanthood in the Church. This sermon comes from Matthew 20:20-28. It discusses the seeming absurdity of what Jesus calls us to as Christians: Serving for nothing else but the glory of God. Jesus models this in His own life,… Continue reading The Cross of Christ and the Root of All Service, Matthew 20:20-28