Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! (Luke 15:1-2) Aren’t we making our way home? The setting sees certain religious observers critiquing Jesus for the people that He hung […]Read More Are All Sons Lost?
Where am I sitting? Are you kidding me, I’ve known him for years. He and I go way back. I was expecting this invite from the time I read the news on Facebook. Sure I haven’t spoken to him for a little bit, but look at that seat on that table with all the sparkling […]Read More Sit Where? Invite Who?
Some people are comfortable with Jesus doing good things to people. As long as that’s all he’s doing, to a large degree he doesn’t pose a threat. Why he does pose a threat, even for those who benefit from the good things he does, is because all of those good things are indicators to a […]Read More Ready For The Master
There’s something that’s been intriguing me about something Jesus says. I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. (Luke 11:8) The thing that’s been bugging me is Jesus’ encouragement to keep […]Read More Keep Knocking
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and over this time there have been some really interesting articles, interviews and conversations about what it means. Yet for as much as there efforts to raise awareness, it seems sometimes like the ignorance is pervasive. The state of the mind is so complex and so brilliant and yet so […]Read More Sitting
One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” (Luke 9:18) You know what He does. You have heard the reputation of the works that He’s done. But don’t think for a moment that you have him sussed out. He […]Read More Who Is This Guy? (Think About It)
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed. (Luke 7:9-10) A centurion and a sinful woman. A foreigner and someone typically […]Read More The Soldier and the Sinner: Great Faith from Unlikely Sources