Typically, people in the world — and I include many Christians in this statement — have the same reaction when they see someone that's considered more excited about serving God than is considered "normal." They think they're nuts. Based on scripture, I suspect that's how a lot of people saw Jesus most of the time. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus put spiritual things first
In the sixth chapter of John, the apostles describes what I think was a turning point in the work of Jesus on this earth. He was possibly at his height of popularity, working in around the Sea of Galilee, having just demonstrated his power in amazing fashion, feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus got discouraged
Jesus' mission on this earth was of a spiritual nature. He came to establish a kingdom that would bring Jew and Gentile together in one body — his own. He lived his life with a singular focus matched by few, if any. As we've already discussed, he came to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10). … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus was compassionate
There is a trend among progressive Christianity to decry religion as a general concept, and religious people specifically. In most cases, I'm not convinced that the aim is to promote the abandonment of organized faiths or to condone hedonistic and worldly lifestyles. But on the other hand, disavowing religion (and whatever the hearer might associate with it) makes it a lot easier to talk to people without being seen as "one of those horrible religious nuts."
When we think about Jesus, we often depict him as the warm and welcoming savior, waiting with open arms for any and all who want to follow after him. And that's a good thing, because that's exactly who Jesus is. But sometimes, I think that the religious world's view of the Gospel invitation misses one vital … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus required true “discipleship”