The more we know, the more jaded we often become. And as society has changed over time, our need for heroes has changed as well. There was a time when we wanted people that we could look up to—who were just better than we were in some way, usually in terms of their character. But as time … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus did not sin
Last week, we talked about Jesus' focus on seeking the lost. He never missed an opportunity to teach or influence, and displayed a single-mindedness that sometimes seemed like obsession to his disciples. There's an important implication to that: if it's so important to seek the lost, then being lost must be a truly horrible thing. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: The severity of sin
Jesus came to this world in order to accomplish a number of things, and we read about them throughout scripture—some in Jesus' own words, some revealed to us by the apostles whom Jesus had entrusted with the Gospel message (John 14:26, Matt. 10:27). But there was one particular mission that Jesus seemed to embrace with every moment of his … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Seeking the lost
I love going to zoos - and lions have been my favorite animals since as long as I can remember. So any time I can see a lion up close - particularly if he's doing something other than sleeping - it's a good trip. But there's a video I watched once of a trip like … Continue reading The lion behind the glass
You hear a lot of hypothetical, philosophical questions about the nature of God and His power. I still have memories of the smug smile that invariably followed the challenging statement: "if God is all-powerful, can he create a rock so big that He can't move it?" As if we can create a paradox in our … Continue reading What two things did God NOT create?