Sustaining the life of repentance that we've been called to can be so challenging. But there is a way to order our spirituality so that it can become a reality. The gospel of Jesus Christ sets the blueprint for a Lenten spirituality and it begins in the wilderness.
The whole story of Naaman shows us, as in a glass, what human nature would like the Gospel to be. But it can’t be and it won’t be. Hear why.
Because of the entrusted message, grateful believers can become just about every sort of service in the attempt to lead those they meet into a God-saved-life. It is this "God so loved" power that propels us into tensions of world-sized differences we would otherwise avoid.
Jesus’ authority transcends all understanding and traditional thinking. He came to establish a Kingdom like no other. This Kingdom’s aim is not only to "proclaim freedom for the captives” but to transform us and help us grow in love, forgiveness, and service as modeled by Jesus Christ. May His Kingdom reign in us as we seek to genuinely serve Him and others!
In America, repent means "feel really bad about the mess you made." But in the Middle East, it means so much less, thus so much more. Enough with Westernizing these Middle Eastern terms. Let's find out what it really meant and start experiencing the victory that's always been ours.
God honored us with a body and desires us to honor him with it. The Corinthians have completely missed the nature and inner logic of sexual intercourse and more importantly, Christian conversion. Paul does not attack their illicit behavior and neither will we. Instead, we’ll confront the theology on which our behavior is predicated on.
“Jesus The Baptized One accepted his mission as the innocent slain lamb. The Father giving us his best pleasure. The Son rehearsing the baptism that was to set us free and The Holy Spirit rehearsing/prophesying the peace between us and Father”
Anxiety makes great headlines. But by living the Christian life on the deepest possible level, we remain secure in God, no matter how fearful the times. The Apostle John left us words of peace and assurance. But it's for childlike hearts only.
'Tis the season to contemplate Christ the King's sovereign glory, pledge afresh our loyalty to Him and renew our longing for the fullness of His reign. But this King is currently disguised among the outcasts, in an incarnational solidarity with "the least of these", waiting to be shown some hospitality. We’ll be judged by those common moralities. Listen in!
We are all tempted to think of spiritual gifts as given us for our own blessing and joy. Spiritual gifts are given for trading with. They are one's stock-in-trade which he can employ to make the Master wealthier.
The parable of the wise and foolish virgins has a timeless message of what it means to watch and wait without losing sight of how to live "for today" while looking expectantly for the return of the Son of Man. This element of watching is of the utmost importance and it would behoove us to pay close attention.
We’ve always been apt to think of the gospel as more of a message of deliverance than as a practical guide. But Paul presents a gospel that is just as much a rule of conduct as it is a message of pardon.
Love of God - love of neighbor = ugly, untrustworthy, fanatics and narcissists. The love of God + love of neighbor = Imago Dei, walking expressions of God’s love. Listen as Jesus tampers with the sacred creed of his contemporaries and creates a new one for His followers.
In the politics of Jesus, to render to whatever Caesar is in power, while never turning from its obligations to God, is not antithetical to Christianity or holiness…in fact, it’s part of it!
Jesus tells a story illustrating God's reaching out to an indifferent, hostile, and dismissive humanity whom are living off everything that He is sovereign over. God offers us His Son so we can fully navigate His joy away from the consequences of our rebellion.
The elements in Holy Communion are not “just" symbols. They're “precisely” symbols that point to another reality. In fact, we actually participate in that other reality. Imagine?