Continuing my advent look at what we mean when we call Jesus king, because we sing all of our Christmas Carols about this newborn king. The newborn whom we would ultimately call King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. But, the question is, what do we mean when we call Jesus king? Beginning with 2 […]Read More The Greatest Conqueror
The only war on Christmas was when Herod tried to kill Jesus, and that failed, so we can just relax. We don’t have to worry about a war on Christmas. Jesus survives the War on Christmas, he’s taken to Egypt by Mary and Joseph, comes back to Nazareth and is raised, and when he […]Read More A Coronation
Back to the feeding of the five thousand. In John’s poetic prologue to his gospel, which is so important, John tells us something about the beauty of the Infinite entering into the finite. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the […]Read More There’s Just Not Enough
The Pharisees theology always had the danger of causing them to be unkind to the poor and sick. When they mocked Jesus for saying they could not serve God and money, Jesus gives them the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. Or, we might say, a story of hell and how to get there. […]Read More What is Hell??
In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]Read More Desiring mercy, not sacrifice
A powerful word from God delivered by Jeremiah at the temple gate in Jerusalem. Powerful enough, in fact, that this is what Jesus was reenacting at the “cleansing of the temple”, which was not so much an emotional cleansing as a pre-meditated protest of the temple by Jesus. If we read this with an open […]Read More In the Temple of the Lord