Who is this God who invites us to profoundly reorder our lives to their very core? After all, the call to discipleship is the invitation to radically align our allegiances, beliefs, values and behaviors according to God’s character and word.
By revisiting the stories of Moses and the Israelites, we can learn something about this God who desires to transform us. Continue reading “The God who calls”
“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ Jesus replied, ‘Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me’” (Matthew 11:2-6 NIV).
Can you imagine what John must have been going through? When Jesus came to him at the Jordan to be immersed he had seen the Spirit descend on Jesus like a dove, identifying him as the promised Messiah. Yet if Jesus was the Messiah, why was John in prison? And why was Jesus doing nothing about it? So he sent his followers to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah. Continue reading “Accepting who Jesus is”
Misperceptions about faith in Christ permeate our cultural understanding. How often have we heard faith contrasted with evidence? How common is it for people to assume that religious faith demands a blind allegiance.
When we examine the nature of Christian faith with eyes wide open, we discover God calls people to respond to him in faith based upon solid evidence. Biblical faith does not entail closing one’s eyes to take a blind leap.
Continue reading “Faith With Eyes Wide Open”
“Now a large crowd of Judeans learned that Jesus was there, and so they came not only because of him but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem were going away and believing in Jesus” (John 12:9-11 NET).
As Jesus approached Jerusalem for his last Passover week, his situation was very different from previous Passovers. He had reached what we, today, would call “celebrity status.” As a result, wherever he was, he attracted large crowds. In fact, the Jewish people had been looking for him since they had arrived in Jerusalem (John 11:56). In addition to this, just a few months earlier he had been called to Bethany where he brought Lazarus back to life from the dead, even after he had been buried for four days (John 11:39). No wonder Jesus’ popularity had risen among the people! Continue reading “Get rid of the evidence”
Everywhere we look, God’s hand can be seen… Continue reading Nature speaks of God
Occasionally an archaeologist’s pontification will dominate the headlines proclaiming how the latest discovery affirms or denies the Bible. Regardless of the position, experts holding an opposing view soon sound off.
This could lead the rest of us to wonder: if the experts cannot decide what is true, how in the world are we supposed to know? Continue reading “Archaeology and the Bible”