The importance of imitation to discipleship – John 1:43-51, Part 4

As we learned in the previous post, a man named Philip gives his friend Nathanael news that he, Philip, has found the Messiah, the promised deliverer of Israel, in the person of Jesus from the town of Nazareth. Nathanael rolls his eyes and says sarcastically, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip, who had onlyContinue reading “The importance of imitation to discipleship – John 1:43-51, Part 4”

The second words of discipleship – John 1:43-51, Part 2

In our blog series last week, we learned the first important phrase Jesus demonstrates in the process of helping men become his disciples. That first phrase was “Come and see.” You can read about it in this post. Today we learn the second important phrase Jesus uses. In verse 43, we read that Jesus decidesContinue reading “The second words of discipleship – John 1:43-51, Part 2”

Why the bizarre Christian teaching to be strangers and fearful actually makes a lot of sense

“Live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”  I love that phrase.  It even rhymes.  You know where it is from?  It is from the biblical book of 1st Peter, chapter 1 verse 17.  I’ve been posting all week about being strangers.  You can read the previous posts (here, here and here) to seeContinue reading “Why the bizarre Christian teaching to be strangers and fearful actually makes a lot of sense”

The extremely important teaching of Jesus that Google (and maybe your church) is missing

Today while writing this post, I googled “the one thing Jesus taught us to do.”  I was looking for an image to illustrate the reflection that I usually write about the previous Sunday’s sermon.  The results of my image search were very interesting.  Can you predict which result was the most frequent?  Prayer.  I guessContinue reading “The extremely important teaching of Jesus that Google (and maybe your church) is missing”