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