How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5

I recently read a book about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who betrayed his oath and sold top secret info to Russia.  The author researched and described the in-depth, many years long process FBI agents went through to identify and catch Hanssen.  Does reading that book make me a spy-catcher now?  No.  In the sameContinue reading “How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5”

How to experience eternal life now…before you die – John 3:1-21, Part 4

Do you have eternal life? Not sure? You can know…now. In John 3:14-15, we read the first time in the Gospel of John that Jesus gives us a hint of how he will die. Jesus refers to a situation from Israel’s history in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapter 21, verses 8-9.  The peopleContinue reading “How to experience eternal life now…before you die – John 3:1-21, Part 4”

John 3:16 is not enough? – John 3:1-21, Part 1

What is essential to an understanding of the Gospel, the good news about Jesus?  What I remember as a kid was hearing that John 3:16 was it.  That’s the Gospel in one verse.  That’s all you need to know. Therefore John 3:16 is the most important verse in the Bible.  So put it on bannersContinue reading “John 3:16 is not enough? – John 3:1-21, Part 1”

Bannerman…an homage or a satire? – John 3:1-21, Preview

This week as I have been studying the next section of the Gospel of John, it reminded me of a song by Steve Taylor, a Christian rock musician.  The song, “Bannerman,” came out in 1993 during my sophomore year of college. You can watch a video of the song here. In the song, Taylor writesContinue reading “Bannerman…an homage or a satire? – John 3:1-21, Preview”

A basic, revolutionary truth: God loves you – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 1

One of our sister churches every Christmas season has a Blue Christmas service.  During the holidays, while the world is filled with joy, some of us can really struggle.  We miss loved ones who passed on, some of whom died in the last 12 months, and this is our first Christmas without them.  Some ofContinue reading “A basic, revolutionary truth: God loves you – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 1”

Why being “born again” might not be as crazy as it sounds

It is cringe-worthy. I admit it. Being born again?  It just sounds weird, not to mention the baggage associated with “Born Againers” in our society.  My guess is that most people don’t know what it means to be born again.  Or they believe born-againers are fundamentalistic, and therefore, mean, jugdmental and harsh. But being bornContinue reading “Why being “born again” might not be as crazy as it sounds”