Read John 10:1-21.
I was reading today about bad leaders (or bad shepherds, if you will). Continue reading
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”
How Jesus Views The Tanakh
In the verses to follow, Jesus is about to share who he is, using shepherd and sheep imagery from the Tanakh (or Old Testament). Something I’ve noticed about Jesus is his complete belief in the reliability and authority of the Old Testament scriptures. Speaking of the Tanakh he said, Continue reading
Read John chapter 9.
In our last post from the book of John, Jesus’ disciples ask him why a man was born blind from birth. They open a dialogue about an age old question: Why is there suffering? (See Whose Sin Caused This (And does suffering prover there is no God?))
Concerning this man’s particular situation, Jesus answers his disciples directly: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” He then went on to say, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Night Is Coming
Jesus identifies himself as “the light of the world.” But he also told his followers that Continue reading
Yesterday Nate told me something about the musician Henry Rollins. He said: Henry Rollins is afraid to die. So he sleeps only as long as he has to sleep. And when he’s not asleep he makes the most of every waking moment.
That really resonated with me because the day before Continue reading
Read John 8:46-59.
Who Is Julius Caesar?
According to Plutarch of Chaeronea, seventy five years or so before Jesus was born, Julius Caesar was sailing on the Aegean Sea when he was kidnapped by pirates. They demanded a ransom of 20 talents of silver (about 350,000 in today’s U.S. dollars) but Caesar laughed at the amount. He realized they didn’t recognize who he was and insisted that the pirates require 50 talents instead of 20 (about 880,000 in USD). When they heard that, I imagine these pirates saying to Caesar: “Who do you think you are?”
But Continue reading
Read John 8:37-47.
The Unwelcome Prince
The castle at the center of the kingdom was magnificent. It was situated on a hilltop with rows of terraced vineyards in the foreground and a stunning view of the remote valley beyond. By all appearances the people who lived there were respectable. They dressed well, they seemed polite enough, and they kept things looking neat and clean. But Continue reading
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise you voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5
Things I Heard In Church
I heard something the other day at our Sunday church service that I really identified with. Dave, my pastor, ate lunch alone every day of the fifth grade.
In the fifth grade, for the entire school year, Dave was on the outside–way outside. He said the worst days were when he’d try to sit somewhere in the lunchroom and one of his classmates would tell him to go sit someplace else, because a friend was already sitting there.
How I Was A Part Of The Origins Of Trash Talking
His story resonated with me because of an experience I had when I was about the same age. It triggered a memory from when I was nine years old. When I was nine Continue reading
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What Joseph (Jacob’s son, of the Old Testament) could have said when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him: “Come on, give me a break, this is a situation where an older woman is taking advantage of a young man. What do you expect someone my age to do, with hormones raging? How can I possibly resist?”
Joseph might have been tempted to embrace that mindset. Maybe you’re tempted to face temptation with that mindset too. But that wasn’t Joseph’s approach. He looked at it differently. To find out how Joseph successfully resisted sexual temptation, read Joseph’s 5 steps to Avoid Temptation.
Jacob swindled Continue reading