Category Christianity

New Covenant Thinking

“When we love people exactly as they are, which is how we are loved, we invite them into the possibility of eventually becoming what God knows they can become when the reconciling work of Christ is fully manifested in their lives.” Gregory A. Boyd1 When we focus on sin, we have a tendency to identify […]

Sea Change

Jesus brought a paradigm shift which has yet to be fully embraced by many in Western Christianity. Many live lives defined by Old Testament rules and laws. But Jesus redefined how to interpret the Old Testament (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7). For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and […]

Two Parables

A Skewed Parable A Jewish Pharisee (religious scholar) came to rest one day in the midst of his journey, hot and thirsty in the noonday sun, at a deep well which had been dug by his Israelite ancestor Jacob. After he had taken a drink from the ladle, and poured out another scoop over his […]

When We Judge

In Matthew 7, Jesus begins by telling us (his disciples) not to judge others; it is the introduction and topic of the entire chapter. When he uses the metaphor of the log and the splinter, he is not saying get rid of the log so that we can judge the speck. If we think that, […]

Transactional or Unconditional Love

Some of you who read my blog may know my political leanings. I did not vote for President Trump. But he is my President. And as a follower of Jesus, I am bidden to pray for him, and I do privately. Yet, as a follower of Jesus I realize I must pray for him publicly, […]

A Holy Vacation

The apostle Luke tells us a Samaritan village rejected Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. John and his brother James asked Jesus, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people who have rejected You?” Jesus turned toward them and rebuked them: “You just don’t get it. You don’t […]

In the World, Not Of It

When listening to my Father’s call the world attempts to use disguise to lead me into my downfall when lies are truth and truth are lies. The Gospels lift me up to soar, and daily mind and heart restore.   The words of Jesus free my thoughts and bring me back to God’s embrace to […]

Into the Spirit’s Hands

“Into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Peter, Stephen, Barnabas and Paul (Acts 4:8, 6:5, 11:22-24, 13:9) were all filled with the Holy Spirit, as were many of Jesus’ followers (Acts 2:1-4). These four in particular committed their spirit into the hands of the Father, submitted wholly into the power of the Spirit’s […]

God’s Field of Grace

The Lord is my Shepherd. He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. (Psalm 23:1-2) God’s field of grace is vast and extravagant. His grace is much more indulgent than ours. We tend to look through eyes that pick apart features and dress and tattoos […]

A Diet of Praise

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. (Psalm 19:1-4) […]