It doesn’t feel like we’re stumbling toward goodness, does it? Instead, the RFRA has made it feel like we’re stumbling into a vortex of harm, division and fear. The Bible is a library of books about people who stumble. For instance… The Corinthians were stumbling. Like Jesus’ first followers, the Corinthian Christians of the first century […]Read more "The RFRA and Stumbling Toward Goodness"
There’s a time right before Jesus gets to Jerusalem, where he will be executed on a cross, when two of his disciples essentially ask for a promotion. They say, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you…Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in […]Read more "Love Is Not Resentful"
Before Jesus goes to the Cross, he kneels in a garden and prays. He prays human things: If there’s another way, let this hour pass. He prays divine things: Yet not what I want, but what you want. Ultimately, Jesus insists on God’s way. That’s what love is. It’s insisting on God’s way. Love does not insist on its own […]Read more "Love Does Not Insist on Its Own Way"
Kids say the darndest things, right? We all have experienced that in some way or another. According to Jesus, children don’t only say the darndest things. They also get the Kingdom of God in the darndest ways. Jesus says in Mark 10, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it […]Read more "Love Is Not Envious or Boastful or Arrogant or Rude"
The Apostle Paul, who was a critical figure in birthing the Jesus movement, said, “Love is kind.” You might think in saying that Paul was just looking for a bunch of endearing words to describe love. But Paul also mentioned that a fruit of the Spirit–the Holy Spirit that dwells in a disciple–is kindness. So, what […]Read more "Love Is Kind"