Thoughts on love, lust and a positive vision for life, from the Sermon on the Mount.
A longish review of the most thought provoking book that I've read in a long time!
A good quote with a little bit of reflection by me.
The Christian faith stands (and falls) on the story of Jesus of Nazareth as recounted in the four Gospels. It is a religion founded in a historic event, described in four eye-witness accounts that have challenged and disturbed people through 2,000 years.
If our version of the Christmas story is dubious, why should people trust us when we talk about the Easter story? Discussions about inn-keepers and donkeys may sound trivial, but there is a lot riding on the truthfulness of our story.
Have you noticed the parallels between the Emmaus Road narrative in Luke 24 and the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8? Neither had I till someone pointed them out to me.
Revelation did not descend out of a clear blue sky to a person living a life of tranquility and undisturbed intellectual reflection.
This may just be the most profound passage in the Bible on the subject of mission.
The great news is God is building his church and when we follow him in mission we are already guaranteed to be on the winning side. It may be uncomfortable at times (and at others it's wonderful) but the end result is promised.
When we read the Gospels, we know the end of the story. It is really hard to grasp exactly what is going on when we know that everything will work out well and that Jesus will eventually triumph.