And then we come to the most peculiar line in the story: and when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Saw how he died. What is it about how Jesus died that so suddenly struck the heart of this Centurion that he was able to see something no one else could?Read More
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As we examine the story of Jesus before Pilate, we will look at three characters. All with different “ends” or “goals” and each with a different understanding of the “means” necessary to accomplish their goals.Read More
Jesus never asked us to wallow in shame, to feel really, really bad about ourselves and carry the weight of it all on our shoulders for the rest of our lives. Jesus never asked us to give him an eye for an eye, to pay him back, because no amount of beating ourselves up or paying him back can undo the damage of our sin and no amount of hard work can merit God's forgiveness. Jesus does not ask you to die for your sin. He already did that.Read More
English doesn’t have a word for this kind of longing feeling, this melancholic yearning, this feeling of being away from your home and not knowing if you’ll ever get back there. So we have steel guitars.Read More
As humans made in God’s image, we are designed to delight in beauty, just like God does. We desire it, we admire it, we recognize it when we see it. We have an innate instinct to respond to it. Beauty can confront apathy and strengthen courage. It can give us vision to imagine hope, and can warn us of the consequences should we just blithely maintain the status quo.Read More
What would you think, if you were Jesus in that moment? What would you be feeling? Would you be pleased with what just happened? Would you encourage others to do the same thing? No. I don’t think Jesus was pleased with what she did. I think he looks at this system that has been oppressing the poor, and he sees the poor being oppressed one more time right in front of him, and I think he’s outraged.Read More
We so badly want to be like Jesus. We love who he is and what he represents. We love how he challenges the status quo and breaks social barriers and fights for what’s right. And we want to be like that. But we’re not Jesus. And that way of being doesn’t come naturally for us. So we settle for the next best thing. Method Acting. We stay in character always. But we never actually become.Read More
This morning we are going to look at another undeniable great: the Greatest Commandment. We are going to learn a little bit about what love looks like, and what it means to be a Christ follower who loves God and loves neighbor. Because when Jesus names something “The Greatest Commandment,” it will probably fall under the essentials category and possibly even the rare non-negotiables category.Read More
And with his opponents whimpering on the mat before him, Jesus goes in for the finish by telling a story about a vineyard, a creative and gracious vintner, and some insanely insubordinate hired help. But before we dig too deep into the passage, I first want to talk about kinetic mobiles like this one here, because it will help us make sense of what’s going on in this passage.Read More