Bewitched

**Immediately below this blog is a message I preached not too long ago to help people understand that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Stop trying to work your way to heaven. It’s called “legalism.” It’s bondage. And it will suck the life out of you. It’s the day-after-day “checking … Continue reading Bewitched

Open War

“I will not risk open war.” - Théoden, King of Rohan “Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.” - Aragorn Lord of the Rings - the Two Towers From the book of Revelation. Pay particular attention to the last verse: “Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels … Continue reading Open War

Jesus Was Not “Meek and Mild.”

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.”

Sabbath: Rediscovering the Rest of God

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

Is Jesus Woke?

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?

Can God Read my Mind? (You bet he can.)

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.)