__________________________________ Love for Enemies (Matthew 5:43-48, NET Bible) 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven [Emphasis mine], since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, … Continue reading Does God Hate Sinners?
it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. (Macbeth, Act V, Scene V) While Macbeth is way off about the nature of life, this quote could certainly represent the nonsense that has broken out over Rob Bell’s latest offering Love Wins. I won’t make judgments about the merits of his book. Nor will I attempt to label him … Continue reading Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
I have always appreciated the ministry of John Piper despite disagreeing with some points he is most passionate about. Hearing that he is taking a leave from ministry to concentrate on his marriage will certainly be the talk of pastor-blogging worlds and hopefully saints will not use the issue to score points against him. My approach to the whole subject is to learn from Piper’s … Continue reading Lessons from Piper’s Leave
According to pop rabbi Shmuley Boteach in his latest book about the late Michael Jackson: I talked to him about one of the things that most distinguishes Judaism from Christianity. It is not the belief in Jesus as God or deity. Rather it’s the belief in the perfection of Jesus. When Christians ask, “What would Jesus do?,” they are using a model of perfection to … Continue reading Christianity According to Shmuley Boteach
The problem with theological branding is that we become too territorial about our story of how our pet theologians interpret the revelation of God, losing sight of the grand and unified theme of God’s great salvific story: Jesus. Only when we idolize our own stories at the expense of others the Lord Jesus has Himself written onto the pages of HIStory do we lose the … Continue reading The Danger of Theo-Branding
God rocked my world and my expectations by opening a door for me to return to teaching in a private Christian school when that was nowhere on my personal radar. I knew that I would be transitioning back into ministry of some type but I never planned to return to teaching. How did I respond? By going with the divine flow and walking through the … Continue reading When God Interrupts Your Regularly Scheduled Program
The victory of Jesus’ earthly ministry was won in two places: the wilderness and Gethsemane. Continue reading The Victory of Jesus