Advent Day 9: Matthew 9: The Things Jesus Says

I'm still thinking about chapter 8 to an extent–that Jesus we follow who mixes and mingles and heals people that we typically reject. Jesus didn't consider himself better than them–which is exactly how we tend to think of most people. We tend to stick with our own because it's comfortable for us. I'm not necessarily… Continue reading Advent Day 9: Matthew 9: The Things Jesus Says

Book Review: 50 Things You Need to Know about Heaven

Title: 50 Things You Need to Know about Heaven Author: John Hart Publisher: Baker Books (Bethany House) Year: 2014 Pages: 144 (e-book/Nook) Disclaimer: In full disclosure, you need to know that I was provided with a free e-book copy of the above mentioned book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I have also… Continue reading Book Review: 50 Things You Need to Know about Heaven

No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

Welcome to the Life Under the Blue Sky Skycast (podcast). Below find the audio from last Sunday’s sermon (May 3) from the Acts 4:5-12 Lesson. The manuscript and study notes can be found elsewhere at this blog. The sermon takes about 35 minutes. Be blessed. You can download the sermon at No Other Name or… Continue reading No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

Day 10, Colossians 1:11-12: Strengthened with God’s Strength “…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Well, I haven’t worked… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

William Willimon on Salvation and Pastors

Interesting, very, very interesting. Another pastoral implication is that human beings are not the source of our own salvation–or anybody else’s. It’s tough enough for me to know that I can’t save myself. But it’s also hard to believe (and perhaps this is a problem only for us pastors) that I am not the source… Continue reading William Willimon on Salvation and Pastors

Daily Reading: Jonah 2 and Luke 2, Salvation in the Temple

Jonah 2, Luke 2 I suppose at first glance, it might be rather difficult to see a connection between these two chapters. Indeed, I don’t suppose that every daily reading will necessarily have a connection. But like yesterday, I see something in these two chapters that makes them very similar. In Jonah, you have a… Continue reading Daily Reading: Jonah 2 and Luke 2, Salvation in the Temple

Jesus Explains Why All Things Must be Made New, Matthew 9:14-17

Friends, Here is text from a sermon I preached in July 2005. I see a lot of themes in this sermon that I am only just beginning to understand. In particular, this series of sermons was titled “ALL THINGS NEW.” I had no idea at the time where this would eventually lead, but now I… Continue reading Jesus Explains Why All Things Must be Made New, Matthew 9:14-17

Podcast #3: Colossians 2:16-23: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ’s Judgment

Friends, This is part 5 of my current sermon series based on Colossians. In this sermon, I am dealing with the issue of people who want to pile rule upon rule upon rule as requirements for salvation. The apostle says, “don’t let anyone judge you.” Sound words in our age of internet ‘discernment’ (read: judgment)… Continue reading Podcast #3: Colossians 2:16-23: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ’s Judgment

Jews Need Jesus; Africans…Purpose!

Friends, I’m not going to say much about this. I just happen to find it profoundly ironic. Christian Post has two stories on its front page. The link-lines appear in the following order and with the following words: Rick Warren Launches ‘Purpose Driven’ Plan in Uganda Evangelical Leaders: Jews Need Jesus Christ So, Jews need… Continue reading Jews Need Jesus; Africans…Purpose!

It’s a Good Thing Obama is not Really a Preacher

Friends, Well, Obama is at it again. According to The Christian Post, Obama has commented on the salvation of his mother: While answering a question about his Christian faith, Obama said he believes that Jesus Christ died for his sins and through God’s grace and mercy he could have “everlasting life,” according to the Los… Continue reading It’s a Good Thing Obama is not Really a Preacher

Update on True Unity in the Body of Christ

Friends, I have read the entire post by Pastor Silva and I am prepared to make some remarks about it in a longer post later. I’d like to make another quick observation about what I believe to be the Pastor’s main issue and the point of his writing. The main question the Pastor seems to… Continue reading Update on True Unity in the Body of Christ