Named and Known

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 […]

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Impulse to Empire

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 […]

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Peter’s Accusation

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 […]

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New Wine

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 […]

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To Be Born Again

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 […]

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Who’s it For, Anyway?

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 […]

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Through the Roof!!

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 […]

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Sacred

But Christianity says no, no, no.  The goal, in fact, is just the opposite.  The goal is not to escape the material, but to bring heaven and earth together.  The word became flesh….Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven… And I saw the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven to the earth […]

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Enter the Mystery

For example, how many of you confess that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead?  (I do, I do!). You confess this because it is revealed to you.  It is revealed to you and you respond with an affirmation of faith and you say Yes, Jesus Christ is raised from the dead and He is Lord!  Now explain how […]

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Revelation and Mystery

“This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Mystery.  In the modern world, referring to the last 400 years (and some of you are wondering what’s so modern about that?), in modernity, after the scientific revolution, mystery was something to be done away with.  Mystery […]

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