We read and pray Psalm 88 and we find that “my eye grows [dark] through sorrow…” Psalms 88:9 ESV. Some people have dark eyes from the sorrows they have seen in life. They say the eyes are a window to the soul. You can look in some peoples eyes and they tell a […]Read More Bright Eyes
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
Back in Luke, following Jesus as he has passed through the midst of his hometown of Nazareth and went away from them, forced to escape in order to escape a premature death by being thrown off a cliff. Jesus had to escape because he did not participate in his hometown’s lust for vengeance. They wanted […]Read More What Have You To Do with Us?
Back into Luke today. After his baptism and testing in the wilderness, Jesus returns to Galilee. He begins to preach throughout Galilee, especially around Capernaum. After a few weeks, he finally returns to his hometown of Nazareth. On the sabbath day he stands in the synagogue to read. And he came to Nazareth, where […]Read More A Prophet in His Hometown
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. We inhabit a world of hurt. Pain is an ever present possibility. Grief stalks us. We are haunted by the specter and possibility […]Read More The Price of Admission
Bringing a message that should have come days ago, nearly had this finished Thursday, opened my email on Friday and it was gone, so writing this for the second time now. Maybe I just didn’t have it right the first time, that’s the way it goes sometimes… The story of Naaman the Syrian, as recorded […]Read More Loving Enemies
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
Looking at Romans 13, which is really a continuation of Romans chapter 12 with a very unfortunate chapter break thrown in. Very unfortunate because it leaves Romans 13 on an island by itself, with no context, when clearly the context for chapter 13 is chapter 12, which we looked at the other day, Paul distilling […]Read More Hail Caesar!
The first written record alluding to the sermon on the mount is not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. It is written by Paul in Romans 12 probably 20 years before Matthew was written. So even before the Gospels were written, the earliest Christians were familiar with sermon on the mount. These earliest Christians […]Read More Repay Evil With Good
I’ve had this ready for over a day now. Due to the vagaries of life and my “day” job, I have not been able to take the time to post this, which is too bad because I thing it’s an important subject. I’m going to start doing things a little different for now, and schedule […]Read More The Truth Will Set You Free