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
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So whether he responded as an unmasked dissident or a Roman shill, Jesus interrogators were content that they had him cornered. Like the question, “So is it true that you are no longer embezzling money from the bank where you work?” there seemed to be no right answer. But then something amazing happened.Read More
Therefore, whenever Jesus would heal someone or cast out a demon, often it would be followed by the command to keep it a secret, well the time has come to throw that out the window. Jesus is done avoiding crowds and he is done with the secrecy. The Triumphal Entry is the event that marks the beginning of Jesus’s open confrontation with the Religious establishments in Jerusalem.Read More
“There was no longer any sea.” In all honesty, as many times as I’ve read this passage before, I’m not sure I had ever really considered that clause specifically. What does that mean? Why would John include it in this passage of hope and promise?Read More
You can have your true self - the self with all its insecurities and struggles and joys and quirks. And then there’s the chiseled self, the perfect self, the self we wish we were. It’s the self that’s been edited, or cropped, or arranged in the way we think will make us seem the most attractive, or the most lovable, or get us the most acceptance, from those around us.Read More
Celebrating Christmas and remembering Christ at the same time might not actually feel possible for you. Instead of the light of Christ, we’ve substituted the glitzy lights of Christmas. Like the way that smog can hide a beautiful sunset, the light of Christ gets overwhelmed by the dark cover of busy.Read More
Matthew is interested in the WHO of the story: ‘WE saw HIS star…’ Matthew is interested in the Ones who saw the star, and the One who sent it! And ONLY when we understand those two characters can we grasp the MEANING of the Star!Read More
There are certainly parts of our Christian life that happen instantly...but that’s not the kind of transformation I am going to talk about this morning. There is in fact another kind of change, and we don’t like this kind of change as much. We don’t like the kind of change for which we have to wait. The transformations that takes time.Read More
And while we’d all like to get to where Bartimaeus was, sometimes that’s easier said than done. More often, we’re like the other characters in the story who have misconceptions about God that make it difficult to see beyond sight. And those misconceptions, they rob us of the abundant life God intended for us to experience.Read More