The blessings of Jesus reflect the values of the Kingdom (Empire) of Heaven which run counter the happiness the world seeks.
Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with law. Just mentioning the word “law” brings up many different images in our minds. For most of us, the law means a set of fixed rules and regulations that we are supposed to live by. We operate by law at many different levels. Most of us in … Continue reading Law and Relationships
Jesus will come again in the same way that he ascended to his heavenly throne, in the same way in which he lived his earthly life.
The language we use affects the understandings we hold. I have recently been thinking about a prime example, the language of “king” and “kingdom” especially as used in the phrases “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. A look at two key terms: (1) peacemakers, and (2) sons (children) of God.
The powers ordered by God in Christ become rebellious.
Many Bible readers have been captivated by the imagery of the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6. However, the big question is “What are the powers referred to in the passage?”
What are we actually celebrating at Pentecost? Is it not the birth of the spiritual Body of Christ?
Yesterday was Ascension Day, traditionally celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season. Luke is the only Gospel writer who gives the actual story of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. Luke’s Gospel is also the only one that has a sequel, which we know as the book of Acts. Acts chapter 1 begins with a … Continue reading Authority, Power, and Witness
For churches which follow the church calendar, this coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. Easter is not so much a one-day celebration of the resurrection of Jesus as it is a season to reflect on the meaning of the Resurrection for our lives. After seven Sundays of the Easter season comes the day … Continue reading The New Era of Resurrection