Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5

So is the resurrection truly true? If you want a scientific answer, with insurmountable proof, I’m sorry but I’m not able to give that.  I hope you heard in the previous post some strong evidence for the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. People who had very good reason to kill the Christian movement only had toContinue reading “Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5”

How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5

Have you ever been in a workplace or school or volunteer group that has a rule in place, and a newcomer asks, “Why do you have that rule?” and you honestly can’t remember?  You’ve been following the rule for so long that you’ve forgotten why it was imposed in the first place!  It was wiseContinue reading “How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5”

How many rules do Christians need to follow? – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 1

How many rules do Christians need to follow?  I’ve heard the critique that Christianity is a religion with lots of rules.  “You can’t do this, and you can’t do that, and Christianity is so antiquated with all its super-restrictive rules!”  When Michelle and I were students in Bible college, the student handbook certainly had aContinue reading “How many rules do Christians need to follow? – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 1”

The ancient mystery is revealed! – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 8

All week long we have been learning about a mystery, starting here! In Colossians 1, verse 27, Paul tells us that the mystery has glorious riches.  Glory refers to the concept of splendor, of remarkable appearance.  The second word, riches, refers to abundant riches.  In fact, the particular word Paul uses for “riches” often hasContinue reading “The ancient mystery is revealed! – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 8”

Is rejoicing in suffering a bad idea? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 1

How should we respond to suffering? Maybe you’re suffering somehow, and you’re sick of it. I’ve had heel pain for the last few months, and though I will admit to being very inconsistent in treating it, I’m frustrated with it. I want it to be healed. I am not rejoicing in this suffering. Rejoicing? IfContinue reading “Is rejoicing in suffering a bad idea? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 1”

Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I told the story of Ravi Zacharias’ moral failure. How did this happen?  The reasons are typical for leadership failure.  There was a decades-long lack of accountability.  Zacharias had too much control and authority in his organization.  He was alone in many ways.  He was also extremely intelligent and convincing, able toContinue reading “Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 2”

Is Jesus creator or created? – Colossians 1:15-20

Paul says that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation. What does Paul mean? It is a bit of a strange statement. Firstborn over all creation? Turn to Colossians 1:15-20, which we have been studying in a five-part series this week, starting here. If the statement “firstborn over creation” isn’t already strange enough, based onContinue reading “Is Jesus creator or created? – Colossians 1:15-20”

Christians were the first atheists? – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 2

In the first post in this series, we talked about what Jesus might have looked like. Paul in Colossians 1:15-20 says that Jesus is the image or icon of the invisible God. There are many ways that we English-speakers use the word “icon,” and one way is found in the Orthodox church paintings called icons.Continue reading “Christians were the first atheists? – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 2”

What did Jesus look like? – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 1

What image comes to mind when you think about what Jesus might look like?  Through the centuries, artists have created thousands and thousands of possibilities.  For many Americans, the classic image is what might be called the White Jesus.  Some of you might have a picture of the White Jesus hanging in your homes.  ItContinue reading “What did Jesus look like? – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 1”

What God requires of you to enter his Kingdom – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 5

I love traveling internationally, collecting immigration stamps from other countries in my passport. Maybe you’ve caught that bug too, or you dream about it. I know this is a distinctly first-world privilege, as so many around the world have little realistic opportunity for such travel. But permit me to describe it. For citizens of theContinue reading “What God requires of you to enter his Kingdom – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 5”