Jan 29, 2015

Four Tips on Sexual Purity from Jesus

Matthew 5:27-30
Breaking news! Sexual purity is very, very important to Jesus. Modern culture may be pretty relaxed about it but not Jesus. And sexual purity isn’t just about what we do. It’s about what we think—especially for those who tend to be aroused more by images and imagination! Here’s help from...Read more +
Jan 28, 2015

Three Anger Management Principles from Jesus

Matthew 5:21-26
We all get angry. And of course, some things should make us angry! Injustice, abuse, deceit, betrayal. But anger comes at a price. Anger floods the body with stress hormones, and blood races from our core to our muscles preparing us to attack or to escape. Anger can lead to...Read more +
Jan 27, 2015

Is the Bible More Than Just a Book?

Matthew 5:17-20
In Jesus’ day everybody knew that the scribes and Pharisees took the scripture more seriously than anyone else. The problem was that many of them saw the Bible as just a book. They didn’t know it was the Living Word of God. And Jesus is the Living Word made flesh...Read more +
Jan 26, 2015

Do You Need CPR for the Soul?

Matthew 5:17-20
The existence of the Bible boggles the mind. Over a two thousand year span of history, some forty different authors, many of whom had never met, writing in wide ranging literary forms from history to eschatology, from poetry to law produced the document with one story line that we call...Read more +
Jan 25, 2015

Praying for the Internet

Ephesians 4:6
I’m going to ask you to start praying for the Internet. (Which I promise you was never a sentence I thought I would write in my life.) We are in need of witness over argument, testimony over talking points, and such work is not brought by better SEO or updated...Read more +
Jan 24, 2015

Like a Jar of Expensive Perfume

Matthew 26:7
Recently my nine-year-old son Rowan, a beginner violist, attempted to tune his instrument before performing a Christmas “concert” for his grandparents. After an hour of fruitless fiddling and many frustrated tears, Rowan finally allowed my dad to call a local music shop for help. They found someone willing to squeeze...Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

What Does It Mean That Jesus Came to...

Matthew 5:17-20
When Jesus said that he came to “fulfill the law and the prophets,” he meant it—literally. He came to fulfill the scriptures with himself. For about 200 years the scribes and Pharisees had been the go-to experts on how to read the Bible. Until Jesus offered this strange new way...Read more +
Jan 22, 2015

The Anatomy of the Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-16
Light! It has captured the curiosity of scientists, philosophers, theologians—and common people like you and me. The scientific community continues to make new discoveries about the properties and activities of light. Light is generally defined by its speed, photons traveling 299,792,458 meters per second. These photons are tiny bundles of...Read more +
Jan 21, 2015

Stay Salty, My Friend

Matthew 5:13-16
In the year that Rachel Remen’s father declared bankruptcy, the family agreed that all Christmas gifts should be homemade. But laying there in the middle of all the homemade gifts was one velvet box—from her father. Because it was the year of Rachel’s thirteenth birthday her father had violated the...Read more +
Jan 20, 2015

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Matthew 5:3-12
Jesus has been describing blessings that come to those who hand over the reins of life to his control. It’s certainly a demanding life, and sometimes we expect that those who live it would be rewarded with clear skies and smooth sailing. Not so. As the cynical old saying goes,...Read more +