Contrary to the passive, unobtrusive figure we tend to learn about in Sunday School, Jesus was often just the opposite. More accurately, this man was fearless. Consider the following quote: "Jesus never backed away from a conflict. He took on hecklers and scoffers of every stripe. Once, he stood down a mob intent on stoning … Continue reading Jesus was not “meek and mild”.
It’s an interesting hermeneutic. Within the 10 Commandments, the only commandment that has taken on expanded nuance under the New Covenant is No. 4: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it (set it apart as) holy.“ According to the Old Testament Law, the Sabbath was Saturday, which is why the followers of Jesus asked if … Continue reading Sabbath: Rediscovering the Rest of God
I actually do enjoy reading intelligent atheists. Permit me to introduce to you atheist/humanist, Tim O'Neill. O'Neill is extremely erudite and articulate. Since I had studied the Middle Ages in my grad studies I already knew much of what he wrote in his blog, "The Dark Age Myth: An Atheist Reviews 'God's Philosophers.'" (linked for … Continue reading The Dark Age Myth
60-year-old Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, Matthew Dowd, made national news last November when he tweeted that Jesus would be accused of being woke today. Dowd’s tweet was precipitated by Democrat strategist, James Carville, blaming “stupid wokeness” for his party's surprising election defeat in Virginia in this past November's elections. Wow. Where do I … Continue reading Is Jesus Woke?
In Luke’s gospel, he recounts the story of Jesus having dinner with a Pharisee. After one particular event - with which the Pharisee had serious issues - the Pharisee, although never saying a word, thought to himself how much he thought Jesus was in the wrong. Luke records, When the Pharisee who had invited him … Continue reading Can God Read my Mind? (You bet he can.)
I stood before a group of Christians and was about to close our session in prayer. I said to them, “Let’s do something a little different. Close your eyes. I want you to picture in your mind the face of a person who’s hurt you. They’ve either gossiped about you, slandered you, betrayed you, or … Continue reading I Can’t Love my Enemies
In his Reflections on the Psalms, here is how C.S. Lewis described Psalm 19: "I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world." The psalm begins, The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to … Continue reading The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God
At the 2018 Golden Globe Awards Oprah Winfrey said, "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have." "Your truth?" I heard Dr. Paul Copan speak at a conference held on the campus of a local university. He is a brilliant philosopher and defender of the … Continue reading Should everyone be able to claim their own truth?
Last night, before we all turned in I shared with the family “the other side of the nativity.”Award-winning author, Philip Yancey, in his book, “The Jesus I Never Knew” shares,“Christmas cards of the religious genre typically depict a serene manger scene with Mary and Joseph surrounded by shepherds, animals, etc. All is calm. But when … Continue reading Silent Night? Not so much…
Matthew is the only gospel writer to include the story of the magi. He starts out their story by writing: "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For … Continue reading Who were the mysterious Magi?