Five days after the crowds waved their palms and cried their hosannas as he entered Jerusalem, Jesus was on trial. The Prince of Peace had come, but they didn’t want a prince of peace, they wanted a hero. They wanted a hero. Like Barrabas. Mel Gibson misrepresented Barrabas. He got Barrabas all wrong. Barrabas was […]Read More They Wanted a Hero
Looking at a central scripture for those of us in recovery, especially if you’re like me and participate in the Celebrate Recovery ministry. It’s a verse that reminds us all how close we are to relapse at any and all times. That verse is 1 Corinthians 10:12, So, if you think you are standing firm, be […]Read More Standing Firm
Going to be looking at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, but before that I’m going to look at what comes right before that parable. In other words, I’m going to set up the context in which we find that third of the most famous parables of Jesus. We’ve already looked at the […]Read More It’s Got to Be Somebody’s Fault…
So, we’ve been looking at the parable of the Prodigal Son for the past few messages. I have a question to ask, not just about this parable but Jesus ministry in general. That question is this – What is Jesus doing? What’s he doing in his table practice, excessive hospitality, his parables, his […]Read More Come to the Party. Please.
More on the Prodigal Son… It’s very easy to reduce the parable of the Prodigal Son to a two act play, but it’s a three act play, and the third act is the most important. The first two acts, the Prodigal Son and the Compassionate Father, are really just setting up the real point Jesus […]Read More Welcome Home
The parable of the Prodigal Son. The greatest, most famous parable Jesus ever told. It’s the gospel within the gospel. This is going to take a while, so I will probably be in the story for at least a week. At least it’s a story we all seem to like, amen! This story still […]Read More Indiscriminate and Irresponsible
I’ve been working on this since Monday, guess I’m slowing down in my old age. This may be something of a counterpoint to the point I made last time, about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Or, at least part of a solution, a cure, to the unholy lives we lead while claiming to have the […]Read More An Easy Yoke?
So, last week, I asked the question, “Does God bring the famine?” You may not agree with me, but my answer to this question, again, is an emphatic NO! In fact, as we see with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ the Son of God, wherever he is, nobody goes hungry, everyone gets what they […]Read More What We Need
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus is the good shepherd! We can say that again, Jesus IS the Good Shepherd!! But The thief […]Read More Called Out
It’s Passion week, our Holy Week, the time when we remember the suffering, persecution, crucifixion, and ultimately the resurrection Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s the time when we remember all the events, decisions, and obedience of that week, and there is a lot to remember. I’m looking today at the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus […]Read More Weeping over US