Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I had a spiritually transformative experience during Holy Week. It has reoriented a lot of things in my life. One of the things I came to see is that God gave me a gift of verbal-ness but I have been misusing it. Instead of using it to serve Him, I often use it to distanceContinue reading “Spiritual Journey”
He is risen! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1 Peter 1:3 This is my first year as a Christian on Resurrection Sunday. Here in the USContinue reading “Resurrection Day”
One of the last things Jesus says when He forgives the criminal being crucified along side Him, is: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 Why would Jesus say that unless He was going to Heaven on the same day (“today”) that He was crucified? I’m not aContinue reading “Where was Jesus on Holy Saturday?”
This year is my first Holy Week as a Christian. While I often struggle to understand the Bible and the guidance provided by the Holy Spirit and the theology of Christianity, I also sometimes stop and just think, “Y’know, I’ve learned a lot in the past year.” I’m developing that personal relationship with God thatContinue reading “Holy Week”
I woke up thinking I’d been having a scary dream, but I realized I’d been dreaming about Jesus coming to Jerusalem. My dream started with a journey that began before sunrise and was filled with graphic imagery of torture and death to come, but also the need to accept all these things calmly and withoutContinue reading “Dreaming About Jesus”
When I was in college I had an Ethics professor who taught that help isn’t always what it seems to be. This was her example: You’re driving down the road. You see your friend running along the side of the road toward his house, clearly tired, sweating, breathing heavily, obviously struggling. You pull over andContinue reading “Helping Others”
In honor of both the approach of Easter and the approach of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s birthday (March 21: Old Calendar, March 31: New Calendar), 1685, I propose a little thought experiment. Imagine that J.S. Bach is the director of the Worship Arts ministry at your local church. For many years he supported himself, his firstContinue reading “Thought Experiment”
Well, okay, in this case Jesus might well have healed the afflicted. And we can all pray for those afflicted with serious illness in the prime of life. I do believe that miraculous healings do still occur. But I also believe that God gives us tools like modern medicine with which to bring about miraculousContinue reading “What Would Jesus Do?”
There’s a very old joke about a preacher and a flood. A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street inContinue reading “Miracles”
Cards on the table: I desperately want the answer to this question to be “no.” Since the beginning of this year my church has been doing a deep dive into Galatians. Every Sunday the sermon is on a part of the text of Galatians. Then every Monday night there is a deep-dive webinar presentation, followingContinue reading “Is the Apostle Paul Antisemitic?”
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