From Anticipation to Celebration

The triumphal entry was in anticipation of what Jesus could do. Heal the sick, feed the hungry, raise the dead, kick Rome’s butt. Often our walk with Christ begins in anticipation of what Jesus can do: bless the finances, salvage the marriage, heal the son or daughter, kick the cancer’s butt. The problem is sometimes […]

On Preaching

Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. Whether we want to admit it or not preaching is a vital element to the life, and […]

Rearranging our Schedule for People

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 The Gospels reveal a Jesus who is constantly rearranging his plans for people. He made time for children when His disciples said He had no time for children, (Mark 10:13–16). Jesus made time for a Pharisee in the middle […]

The Liberality of God

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. In Paul’s first epistle to the church of Corinth, in chapter 13, we have the famous chapter […]

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 […]