The important difference between Tom Brady and John the Baptist – John 3:22-36, Part 3

At 45 years old, it is astounding that NFL superstar and living legend, Tom Brady is still playing professional football at the highest level. Just last year (2021), also in his 40s, he was a Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the 7th time. As I write this in fall of 2022, though, Brady seems to beContinue reading “The important difference between Tom Brady and John the Baptist – John 3:22-36, Part 3”

When Jesus and John the Baptist had competing ministries – John 3:22-36, Part 2

As Jesus’ ministry was getting underway, we learn in John 3:23 that John the Baptist’s ministry was still going strong too. John hadn’t stopped his ministry just because Jesus was now on the scene.  How much time had passed since John baptized Jesus in John 1?  If you scan through the days mentioned in JohnContinue reading “When Jesus and John the Baptist had competing ministries – John 3:22-36, Part 2”

Why Jesus didn’t baptize – John 3:22-36, Part 1

If you walk around many institutions of higher learning or hospitals, you’ll see all sorts of plaques on walls noting who gave money to help build a building.  Sometimes the names are in the titles of the building.  Sometimes there are brick walkways, where each brick has names engraved, names of people who gave money. Continue reading “Why Jesus didn’t baptize – John 3:22-36, Part 1”

The backstory of John the Apostle – Gospel of John Preview, Part 2

When did John write this Gospel?  To answer that question, we need to learn more about John’s life story.  He was born into a fisherman’s family in the northern part of Israel, a region around the Sea of Galilee.  He and his brother continued the family business.  One day John and his brother James heardContinue reading “The backstory of John the Apostle – Gospel of John Preview, Part 2”

If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4

This week we’ve been studying Colossians 2:8-15, starting here, and Paul has commanded the Christians not to be held captive by empty philosophy based on the traditions of humankind. I suggested in part 3 of this week’s series of posts that a couple of those empty philosophies impacting contemporary evangelical Christians in America are TrumpismContinue reading “If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4”

The first revival (and could revival happen again?) – Acts 2, Part 3

Revival. What is it? We sometimes talk about a revival of a old musical production. Or a person that stops breathing, but is revived through CPR. Revival is the breathing of new life into something that is dead or dying. And while there is physical revival, as we continue studying Acts 2, we’ve come toContinue reading “The first revival (and could revival happen again?) – Acts 2, Part 3”

Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “eternal life”?  Probably heaven right?  Life after death. But that’s not the only way that Jesus talked about the new life that we can have in him.  In John 10:10 he would go on to say that he came that people would haveContinue reading “Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3”

Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]

Is religion automatically bad?  Some Christians are very anti-religion because they feel it goes against the concept of relationship.  But does it?  Read James 1:26-27, and you’ll see James suggest that religion is not only a viable way to view our connection with God, but that God approves of religion that has a heart forContinue reading “Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]”

God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]

Road construction, as we said in part 1 of this series on the Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, is usually a nuisance.  Today we learn that God wants to do a major road construction project.  Will it be a nuisance?  Do we need it?  Let’s move to the third reading, Luke 3:1-6,Continue reading “God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]”