Perhaps no call to obedience, aside from the call of Jesus to the cross, is as powerful and as demanding as the call given to Abraham. It is a call to abandon everything in order to receive an unseen, unnamed promise. The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the […]Read more "All the Way"
Today is Good Friday. What’s so good about the day Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to the cross? Of course, many of us would say, “He died for our sins and that makes it Good Friday.” As soon as we begin thinking or talking about why Jesus died we begin engaging in atonement theology. Here’s what I walk […]Read more "Atonement Makes this Friday Good"
Evangelism has never been my strong suit. I enjoy talking about Jesus and the things of God’s kingdom, but I wouldn’t call myself an evangelist. I know I need to be more bold while being less offensive (let the cross of Christ be the offense). I’m praying that God will grow me in this area. […]Read more "As Many As Touched Him"
Mark’s gospel is about discipleship. Discipleship is about seeing. But what happens when our hard hearts blind our eyes? The story below follows the miracle of leftovers in which the disciples see Jesus feed over 5000 people with five loaves and two fish. The saw the 12 baskets of leftovers and so should be pretty convinced that […]Read more "Hard Hearts, Blind Eyes"
We’ve all been down to our last dime, our final straw, that place where we feel as if we have nothing else to give. It is in that moment that Jesus so often calls us to give it all. One day, while in an deserted place, a large crowd gathered around Jesus and he taught […]Read more "Give and Give and Still Have More"
Psalm 23 is one of the most well known passages in all of Scripture and this morning I found it in the Gospel of Mark. Somehow this psalm leaped over the Prophets and found its way into Mark’s short account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. In Mark 6 we are told that the disciples […]Read more "The Lord is My Shepherd"
I like to think my jokes are funny. I always laugh at them. My children on the other hand don’t always think they’re funny because they’ve heard them a million times. It’s to the point now that I say a joke in part to hear the person laugh and in part to see that it’s not […]Read more "Familiarity Breeds … Unfaithfulness"