Ever sat in a discussion about spiritual gifts and ended up wondering why it sounded like an episode of the XMen? I have Continue reading “Gifted: What’s Your Superpower?”
Is there anything as unstoppable as unity? Is there anything as divisive as language? These are issues tackled in Genesis 11. In response to the towering rebellion, God confounded the language of the builders. The reason? When people are united, they’re unstoppable (Genesis 11:6). Though unity makes humanity unstoppable, it is incredibly fragile as it stands on shaky ground: shared understanding; the holy grail of all communication. Thus, by pulling out that single strand, God demolished their daring enterprise and off they went… divided.
In Acts 2, God’s people need unity to be unstoppable in the spread of the gospel thus, God returns the indispensable shared understanding to his people. People from all over are stunned as they hear the message in their own languages, its clarity turning their hearts to Jesus. The message will spread just as Jesus predicted at the beginning of Acts – first in Jerusalem, then in Samaria just before it goes to the whole world. Finally, it seems God will have a growing community of people who love him for who he is and not what he can give. Continue reading “How Much Consensus does Unity Need?”
Throughout the gospels, Jesus went to great pains to tell the people about the “kingdom of/from Heaven. Sometimes it was a mustard seed, sometimes a woman mixing yeast and even a pearl merchant. This must have excited the crowds who were looking forward to a Messiah who would eject the Romans. The disciples themselves were not immune from this excitement and each secretly hoped that he would be second in command as they eagerly spread the message that Jesus sent them with… The Kingdom of Heaven is here! Continue reading “Heaven Inc’s Organogram”
What sort of person will enter the Kingdom of God? This is the question that Jesus answered in Matthew 5-7. Expecting a Messiah who would overthrow the Romans and set up an eternal kingdom on earth, the Jews were filled with anticipation as they listened to Jesus. Christ chose not to directly attack their misconceptions but to hint at His kingdom’s nature by describing the type of people who would qualify for it. Continue reading “The Kingdom is all about Attitude”
Jesus will not prove Himself by performing miracles to skip hardship nor by forcing God’s hand by stepping into hardship. … Continue reading Desert Scuffle Part 3: The hard way
Fine then, if Jesus is as dependent on His Father as He says He is, He should willing to participate … Continue reading Desert Scuffle Part 2: Cordless Bungee Jumping
Just over a month after God’s declaration of Jesus as His Son, we find Jesus famished in the wilderness. This … Continue reading Desert Scuffle Part 1: Rocky Bread