Who gives you a name? Who gives you a number? When everything is turned into ones and zeroes, is that why we behave so beastly? We talk to people over the internet, using ones and zeroes to communicate, in ways we would never talk to them face to face. I wonder, this turning names […]Read More Named and Known
We could say it this way – the spirit of accusation and the impulse to empire are the primary manifestations of the satan. That’s all under the heading of The Lamb gives you a name, the beast gives you a number. What got Israel and King David in so much trouble in this episode was David […]Read More Names into Numbers
The great goal, the great focus, the great value that supersedes all others is not the economy, stupid. It’s love, brother and sister. The beast says it’s the economy, stupid. But the Kingdom of Christ is Love one another, little children. But if we get sucked into that kind of philosophy that everything has to go […]Read More Impulse to Empire
In the book of Revelation, chapter 2, speaking to the church in Pergamum, Jesus says I will give him a new name. But then in Revelation 13, which talks all about the beast, we are told it (the beast) calls us all to be marked with a number… Here’s the message I am getting at, to be […]Read More Mark of the Beast
So what did that discussion about the satan being the Accuser have to do with Jesus rebuking Peter with Get behind me, Satan!?? “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after […]Read More Peter’s Accusation
And this young miracle worker with the power of God is telling him none of it is any good. He’s got to lay down those old wineskins and out new wineskins on. He’s got to re-think everything he’s ever known and taught. Not only that, if he doesn’t re-think everything he’s ever known, if he’s not born […]Read More New Wine
He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new […]Read More To Be Born Again
Wow. It’s been over a month since I’ve made a post. Knew I was taking a break, but didn’t think it was that long. This post continues the last post I made, Who’s it For, Anyway? So now we come to what really floored me as I was reading Luke chapter 5 a week ago, […]Read More Old Garments
We’ve seen Jesus call his first disciples, Peter and Andrew, John and James, overwhelming them with a huge catch of fish. And ever since they’ve been fishing for men…We’ve seen the leper healed and cleansed from his disease, so overwhelmed and changed by his encounter with Jesus there was just no way to keep him […]Read More Who’s it For, Anyway?
Luke chapter 5. I’m reading David Bentley Hart’s New Testament translation, and I get to Luke 5, and there Jesus is doing all this Jesus stuff. He’s calling disciples, directing them to a huge haul of fish where there had been no fish all night, he’s healing lepers, making the perpetually unclean clean. Because unlike you […]Read More Through the Roof!!