I don’t know. Why is it whenever I write the word “authority” I hear Cartman’s voice in my head commanding my respect? It’s the hazards of keeping up with popular culture I suppose. Whenever we think of a king or government exercising authority, what usually comes to mind? Often, we think of violence or even […]Read More Unexpected Authority
I think the idea of the “kingdom of God” is one of the more difficult concepts for Christians to grasp. In my conversations with people, it often seems to be a primarily future construct. “One day, Jesus will return and set up his kingdom”. That’s true and I agree with that, but is that all […]Read More Contrast of Empires
I remember once when my wife and I were going to turn an enclosed porch area on the back of our house into an extra bedroom for our boys. We planned and considered how this could be accomplished and what it would take. We drew a lot of diagrams on napkins and contemplated this task […]Read More God’s Rule in Action
If you were invited to a special dinner thrown to honor a great person, lets say, a war hero or a philanthropist…the ceremony was free and was going to be lavish. Would you go? If you didn’t go, what sort of excuse would you consider valid? Jesus is going to pose this sort of scenario […]Read More Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well. This Sunday we’re going to be looking at Luke 6:12-26. The narrative transitions from the conflicts Jesus had with the Pharisees to the choosing of the 12 apostles and the establishing of the Kingdom ethic. As we explore this passage this week, I’m going to try and focus on […]Read More A Change of Priorities