Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview

Earlier this year in one of the Current Events sermons, I talked about Ravi Zacharias and his moral failure, which came to light over the last few years. (You can read the sermon blog posts starting here.)  He was deeply abusive to many women, and there was a leadership culture in his organization that didContinue reading “Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview”

Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5

What do you think are some American idols?  Sex and money are probably the first that come to mind, and for good reason.  Next in line and perhaps more tempting for some people are two potential idols related to money, and that is materialism and consumerism.  Love of money, Paul writes, is the root ofContinue reading “Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5”

What is idolatry? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 4

Those statues above are ancient Canaanite idols. When I look at them, I can have a hard time imagining how people would worship them, believing they might have power. But as we have seen in our study of the life and ministry of the prophet Ezekiel, even the Jews who had a long history experiencingContinue reading “What is idolatry? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 4”

God has a barber?!?! – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 3

I really like my barber, Shane. He gives me and my sons a fantastic cut every time we see him. He has a great personality, and I enjoy talking with him. We have razors at home too, and I will ask my wife to cut my hair as well, to save time and money. SheContinue reading “God has a barber?!?! – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 3”

Yellow cap Coke and Ezekiel’s bizarre prophetic skit – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 2

Have you ever seen Coke bottles with yellow caps?  Know what that means?  The yellow caps indicate that the Coke has been made using a slightly different recipe. All Coke is Kosher, but yellow cap Coke is even more Kosher. Kosher? Jews have special dietary laws, called Kosher laws.  We studied this in the DeuteronomyContinue reading “Yellow cap Coke and Ezekiel’s bizarre prophetic skit – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 2”

A prophetic play date? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 1

Have you ever heard of a prophetic play date?  Imagine God telling you, “Go into your attic or your kids’ room, get out their Legos, build a mini-model of your town or city, and then build fighter jets from a foreign country dropping bombs all over it.  This will be a sign to the peopleContinue reading “A prophetic play date? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 1”

American Idols – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Preview

Do you worship idols? Of course not, right? Or do you? When I was in seminary for my Master’s degree I took a course called “American Idols.”  It wasn’t about the famous singing competition!  Instead it was about the various ideas or objects that we Americans idolize.  There are a number of really good possibilitiesContinue reading “American Idols – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Preview”

A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5

Remember how I told you that Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry is not going to be what we typically think of prophetic ministry?  Instead of preaching to crowds of adoring people, Ezekiel will often perform dramas or sign acts, like skits.  He is the Saturday Night Live of prophets.  In our final post in this five-part seriesContinue reading “A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5”

God’s Spirit is alive and well – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 4

God’s Spirit is alive and well! God’s Spirit is at work in the world and in our lives. Do you agree? Do you wish God’s Spirit was more…well…real? Do you ever wonder or doubt? If so, you’re not alone. In this post, I hope you find some encouragement in the Spirit’s activity in the lifeContinue reading “God’s Spirit is alive and well – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 4”

A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3

How do you feel about confrontation? Most people I talk with don’t like it. I personally don’t like it, and I can work very hard to avoid it. That includes confronting others, and being confronted myself. Maybe you know what I mean. Confrontation is both difficult to give and receive, and few people do eitherContinue reading “A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3”