When to subject ourselves to the authorities, and when not to – Titus 3:1-8, Part 1

I recently heard what is reported to be a true story from a Sunday school teacher in Dublin, Ireland.  She writes, “I was testing the children in my Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting into Heaven. I asked them, ‘If I sold my house and my car and had aContinue reading “When to subject ourselves to the authorities, and when not to – Titus 3:1-8, Part 1”

God wants to transform our mess [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 5]

From our murder mystery in part 1, into the bizarre dead body ritual of part 2 and part 3, and through the messiness of crime in part 4, what have we learned about God’s heart through the teaching of Deuteronomy 21 about crime and punishment?  God is serious about the purity of the land, andContinue reading “God wants to transform our mess [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 5]”

How to bring righteousness to the world [Second Sunday of Advent, part 5]

In this series on the Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, we have been following the life and ministry of John the Baptist and the message God was proclaiming through John: a huge roadwork project.  What is that project?  God wants us to repent, so that he might bring righteousness on the world. Continue reading “How to bring righteousness to the world [Second Sunday of Advent, part 5]”

Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]

In this series of posts, we have been studying God’s heart for good government in Deuteronomy 16 and 17.  In those chapters, God created levels of governance for Israel: local, national, and over all, the king. What have we seen in all these levels of government that God had for his people? Many things:  Justice isContinue reading “Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]”

Justice [God’s heart for good government, part 2]

Imagine you were creating a new nation, and you were responsible for writing a document that would become the guiding principles for this whole new society.  What would you include?  If you could narrow it down to just a few key ideas, what is necessary?  What is the basis of good governance? As we sawContinue reading “Justice [God’s heart for good government, part 2]”

God’s surprising views on justice

Last year we started studying the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy.  Then I went on sabbatical. We had covered the first nine chapters of Deuteronomy. Now we’re heading back in!  For the most part, though, we’re going to study Deuteronomy differently than we did last year.  Last year we went chapter by chapter, verse byContinue reading “God’s surprising views on justice”

Babies in the Water (or what is broken in society and how to fix it?)

You don’t have to search far and wide to come across preachers of doom and gloom.  Especially in an election year.  Especially in this election year.  Listen to the news and speeches from candidates and you can get the idea that our country is teetering on the precipice of total implosion. Personally, I don’t believeContinue reading “Babies in the Water (or what is broken in society and how to fix it?)”