Advent Day 8: Matthew 8: The Jesus We Follow

The eight chapter of Matthew, close on the heels of the Sermon on the Mount, is a spectacular introduction to the Jesus we follow. What is probably most amazing is the variety of people that Jesus meets along the way after he came down from teaching. This is probably significant. It probably means something amazing… Continue reading Advent Day 8: Matthew 8: The Jesus We Follow

Book Review: Jesus Outside the Lines

Title: Jesus Outside the Lines Author: Scott Sauls Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Year: 2015 Pages: 210 Disclaimer: Happily I was provided a free copy of Jesus Outside the Lines via Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my free and unbiased review of the book. Joyfully, I present to you my review–free of additives, preservatives, and… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus Outside the Lines

The Kingdom of Crucifixion

Friends, here is the text for tomorrow’s sermon from Luke 9. The gist is that Jesus has given us power and authority to do something. That something is defined by Jesus himself as ‘proclamation of the kingdom’ and ‘healing the sick’ and ‘authority over demons.’ It seems to me that sometimes we church folk have… Continue reading The Kingdom of Crucifixion

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty Genesis 10, Luke 9 I’m not a little behind on these, but I promise I have been doing the reading. I actually have notes for several days’ worth of writing. I’ve just been wiped out lately and unmotivated to write. Nevertheless, today I’m in the mood to write. Today mostly… Continue reading A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

NT Wright on Resurrection and Fear

Friends, And the resurrection of Jesus issues the surprising command: don’t be afraid; because the God who made the world is the God who raised Jesus from the dead, and calls you now to follow him. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus isn’t just a matter of believing that certain things are true about the… Continue reading NT Wright on Resurrection and Fear

90 Days with Jesus, Day 90: John 21:15-25: Loving, Living, and Following Jesus

John 21:15-25 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 90) When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 90: John 21:15-25: Loving, Living, and Following Jesus

90 Days with Jesus, Day 53: John 11:11-16: Going with Jesus

John 11:11-16 11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” 12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14So… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 53: John 11:11-16: Going with Jesus