Imagine the plight of Job? A man who was already pre-disposed to wondering if he had “done enough” to please God. Job 1:5When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. Then it hits. Imagine his first thoughts; What did I do wrong? Is this my fault? Consider the agony of… Read more Job →
I once heard a man exclaim that Jesus was the only entity capable of enduring an infinite amount of wrath … in a finite amount of time. Wow! How brilliant a plan. So simple. So true. It occurred to me that God could have performed that feat at any point in human history. Perhaps immediately after Adam disobeyed? Perhaps as Noah left the ark for dry land? Why did God wait until 33 AD? As the song in the movie Jesus Christ Superstar says, “If you’d come today you could… Read more Did Jesus have to die? →
To me, a doubting Thomas, “faith” is what you’re left with when you run out of empirical and forensic evidence. I try to calculate the costs of most things. So I wondered, how did David know? Reason and logic and science said that Goliath was undefeatable? None of the professionals in the army thought otherwise? Perhaps even the King had his doubts? So how did David know? Did God give David unusual “faith”? Eleven men stayed behind in the safe, warm, dry boat. How did Peter know? Science tells us… Read more Defeating Goliath →
If you are in a position to understand enough about what’s about to happen, and you’ve asked God to allow you to stay to minister to those “left behind”, I’d be interested to connect with you. Please contact me.
I think about what it must have been like for the Angels as they watched Jesus pick His twelve? Did any of the Angels question the addition of Judas Iscariot? Were the Angels frustrated at the slow pace of learning? Did the angels question the lack of higher education of the eleven? I can imagine that after the first few failures of those original twelve, that a group of Angels might have approached the Lord with a recommendation of a young up and comer named Saul? To which God may… Read more Gating →
These days, audience participation seems to be key. At school, in our factories, in our corporations, and even in our local Christian congregations. Sporting competitions hand out participation awards regardless if serious effort was made or not? The goal is to get the widest possible participation. When Jesus came the first time, it was rather difficult to have known the timing. Even the small handful who understood the timing, missed the dual appearances of the Suffering Servant and later, the King. When I think about the first coming, I recognize… Read more Audience Participation →
Just watched the second Jumanji movie. Fascinating how the main character, a self-professed nerd, is turned into a large muscular leader, Dr. Bravestone. It was fun to watch … and imagine. For years I’ve wished that God would have constructed me as tall as my father, six foot three. At five foot nine, I favored my mother who’s just over five foot. As a kid, we played all sports, but I was never good enough at any of them to make a high school varsity team. On the intelligence scale,… Read more New Identity →
Not unlike in the Truman show, we churched have allowed the professional clergy to create a fictitious societal bubble … and then trap us in it. Complete with extra biblical concepts like ecclesiastical furniture, membership requirements, liturgies, worship services, responsive readings, and on and on. While these things may not all be inherently harmful, they’re nothing more than 2,000 years of modified traditions. Living in the bubble, we tend to think that either everyone lives like us, or that only our way is “correct”. Any portion of either position is… Read more The Bubble →