'Christ' Tagged Posts

'Christ' Tagged Posts

HEADLINES & DEADLINES

The people of Jesus’ day seized upon some “breaking news,” a recent headline (Luke 13:1-5).   Everyone was talking about it – the way we talk about mindless mass shootings in our cities, small children slaughtered at the hands of their own parents, natural disasters snuffing out lives by the hundreds and thousands. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, probably wanted to…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and…

“MORE THAN CONQUERORS”

Paul once talked about the gospel ministry in this way:  “Thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ. In a culture which measures success statistically and visibly, we might wonder how Paul could describe the preaching and teaching ministry as a triumphal procession.   Paul’s missionary journeys were marked by public floggings and imprisonments, by…

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a shiny lake – but it keeps melting away as you approach it.    It’s just a mirage. Light bends differently in the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken…

BACK TO BASICS – PART 2

Last week we went “back to basics” by considering what we often call “the first table of the law,” that is, the first three commandments which deal with our “vertical” relationship with God.  This week, we consider “the second table of the law,” the remaining seven commandments which deal with our “horizontal” relationship to our neighbor, to each other. A number of years…