Some of the ideas people have about God make him into a God of retribution rather than mercy. In this message, I attempt to tackle two difficult passages that have shaped, in an unhealthy way, how we see God. The story reflects back on the tale of two cities called Sodom and Gomorrah. Is God… Continue reading Is God a God of Hospitality?
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24) Imagine traveling all the way from Galilee to Jerusalem, 80 miles.… Continue reading Reconcile with Me
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13) If the beatitudes are a picture of the kingdom, the disciples are proof that God’s kingdom… Continue reading Salt
We hear a lot of fake news, big and small. It should be no surprise then that fake news has real world consequences. One recent example in the United States is the fake news surrounding vaccinations and the belief that they cause autism. As a result, unvaccinated children are getting the measles virus unnecessarily. Social… Continue reading Did Fake News Affect the Development of Christian Culture?
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23) “I have become all things to… Continue reading Paul’s Policy of Accommodation
Freeing the Samaritan Woman from Prejudice "A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” John chapter four shares an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. In the early verses of the chapter, Jesus draws the attention of the Pharisees whose interest had previously been focused on… Continue reading Freeing the Samaritan Woman From Prejudice
“It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light… Continue reading The Once-Blind Man