So Close, Yet so Far Away

Mark 6:20 (ESV) For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. This is a side of Herod not often discussed. Herod has become synonymous with evil. However, in this verse we […]

He has made your battle His Battle

Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. This verse reminds […]

Wash and be Clean

2 Kings 5:13 (NIV) Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” Surely it can’t be that easy. There must be something else I need […]

Christmas and The Paradox of Finding Strength in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:10 (ESV) For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. What a contradiction. In a world that says: the bigger, the faster, the stronger, the smarter, the better. How can we ever become content with being […]

The Problem with the Lines we Draw

Since the fall in paradise we have been a species obsessed with differences rather than similarities, a people bent on drawing lines. We have classes for our classes, groups for our groups. We have upper class, upper-middle class, middle class, lower middle class, etc. How quickly we try to elevate ourselves above anothers. “I’m not […]

True Love for the City

I have had a burden for city/urban ministry for many years. It was because of people doing ministry in the city that my family came to know, love, and be transformed by the Gospel. This week my church began a bible study series entitled: God’s City: My City by Roger Hernandez. The first weeks lesson […]