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
Jesus is a historical (despite the protests of some) and spiritual figure who has divided people for centuries since his brief period of public ministry. It seems safe to say that no one has ever impacted the world in such a short time. No one could, except for one who came as the son of … Continue reading Lecture series: “Who was Jesus, and what does that mean for me?”
I had the opportunity to speak this past weekend at the Upper West Manhattan church of Christ's "Five Guys Lectures," and it allowed me to speak about something I need help with as much as anyone: prayer. The topic was "Faith to Pray," and we talked about Hannah's prayer to God for a son, which … Continue reading Faith to pray: the story of Hannah
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."