He is not here; he has risen!

– The Gospel of Luke 24:6

We Had Hoped

When Jesus was alive he took the disciples to Jerusalem. Now that Jesus (so they thought) was dead the disciples are leaving Jerusalem. This is the context of the infamous “Road to Emmaus” story. It’s still the third day in this story. The men(disciples) have heard the story from the women(disciples) that Jesus’ body wasn’tContinue reading “We Had Hoped”

The Weight of Hope

Easter Sunday should be a guarantee that the preacher is going to preach – the crucified one is the risen one. It’s obvious. But just because something is obvious doesn’t mean we stop proclaiming it. I heard someone quip one time, “We must continue to preach the obvious or else it will not be obviousContinue reading “The Weight of Hope”

Two Trees

The Bible is not a textbook. It’s an account of sinful humanity being relentlessly pursued by a Holy God. It’s true stories. Timeless parables. Gut-wrenching accounts.  Awkward moments. Convicting truths. Real people.  To be faithful Bible readers, we would be wise to encounter this book by letting our imaginations run wild – for us toContinue reading “Two Trees”

Holy Love + Vibrant Intellect + Practical Theology = Kingdom Living

It seems like it was just yesterday. Jesus was at a wedding with some friends and upon being asked, but not technically asked, by his mother, to do something about the wine shortage, he replies, “my time has not yet come”. Those six words will reverberate throughout the rest of John’s Gospel. Jesus, though livingContinue reading “Holy Love + Vibrant Intellect + Practical Theology = Kingdom Living”

Satan Enters Judas

What a haunting verse, “and Satan entered Judas”.  We aren’t talking about an outsider, we aren’t talking about Herod, a Pharisee, or a Roman guard. This is a disciple, one of the twelve (which Luke is quick to mention), of whom Satan has entered. Throughout the gospels there really isn’t much about Judas Iscariot. ThereContinue reading “Satan Enters Judas”

Cursing & Tossing

Let’s just call it like it is, is Jesus losing it? He is weeping. He is cursing trees. He is turning over tables in the temple. Seriously, what is it with this guy? Is he truly Lord or is he just another lunatic on walkabout? When we actually resist the urge to go from “HosannaContinue reading “Cursing & Tossing”

Reclaiming Palm Sunday

There really is only one story in the Bible. Now, yes, there are hundreds of stories, but these are all part of the grander story that is God demonstrating his great love for all of creation, through his creative acts and his redemptive acts. Amidst all these stories are certain ones that we know soContinue reading “Reclaiming Palm Sunday”

Pursuing Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day really is a perfect recipe for trouble. For instance, it’s right smack in the middle of March, which means warmer weather, Spring Break has just ended for college students and will soon be here for high school students. Put that together with the fact we are a country who simply loves toContinue reading “Pursuing Patrick”

When the Bible Offends Me

In a world where to be offended is the norm, the Bible still speaks with a bold, uncanny ability to offend us, and yet comfort us. It’s like this Spirit-inspired, sharper than a double-edged sword Word isn’t afraid to tell us we are wrong in how we live. Yet it is concerned with correcting usContinue reading “When the Bible Offends Me”

Fig Leaves & Makeup

“What are you wearing to the party?” Ever asked that question to someone? We ask this question because we want to know what is the proper, appropriate, normal way for us to present ourselves at the dinner, wedding, church service, etc. Even churches, nowadays, are wise to list on their websites what is the normalContinue reading “Fig Leaves & Makeup”

Worship in a War

On a scale of 1-10 where would you rate your spiritual warfare attack meter? Perhaps the obsession of local news networks informing you every hour of who and how many people had COVID was throwing your peace into a tailspin. Perhaps the steady barrage of seeing the same folks in the same place for farContinue reading “Worship in a War”

We Need the Right Narrative

World renowned American theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku once remarked that all people are born as geniuses. To watch a child at play in the woods or with some blocks or a dollhouse is to watch brilliance at work. Their creative nature is limitless, the world is their playground. No one has told them what theyContinue reading “We Need the Right Narrative”

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