Branching In

November 17, 2019
“God is love. Love is God. Love God, love one another, because god is love.” In the three letters that bear his name, John comes across either as a doddering…

Looking Beyond What We Can See

November 10, 2019
As we saw last week, many Jewish Christians wondered how much of the old ways should be retained. The writer of Hebrews exhorts them to “press on” beyond their comfort…

Faith and Works

November 3, 2019
Newton’s Third Law (“For every action, three is an equal and opposite reaction.”) applies not just to physics, but to religion as well. At least, that is one way to…
Outside of Jesus, there is no person more central to Christianity than Paul. Apostle, missionary, and former persecutor of the faith, Paul brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Gentiles…

When the Answer Is “No!”

October 20, 2019
“More than ever, believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women.” [Acts 5:14]. Luke’s words seem to imply everything was easy in those early days;…
In the early church, Easter was celebrated every week—so much had changed with Christ’s resurrection that Sunday, the first day of the week, became the new Sabbath. “Christ is risen.…

What Jesus Didn’t Say

October 6, 2019
In the early church, Easter was celebrated every week—so much had changed with Christ’s resurrection that Sunday, the first day of the week, became the new Sabbath. “Christ is risen.…

The third Parade

September 29, 2019
The focus of all history, people of every tribe and race, is on a solitary hill outside of Jerusalem where the Son of God is nailed to a cross. As…

Those Pharisees!

September 22, 2019
Those Pharisees! The very word conjures up images of hypocritical, narrow-minded puffed-up religious losers. But in New Testament times being a Pharisee was a badge of honor. They went out…

He Spoke to Them in Parables…

September 15, 2019
An essential core of Jesus’ teaching was his use of parable. Mark tells us, “With many parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.…