What actions are considered righteous? – Ezekiel 18, Part 3

Editor’s Note: I’m thankful to guest blogger Brandon Hershey for this week’s study of Ezekiel 18! How do you answer the question posed by the title of this post? One person’s view of righteousness might differ significantly from that of another. In America, righteousness is often viewed through whichever political lens a person holds. RepublicanContinue reading “What actions are considered righteous? – Ezekiel 18, Part 3”

When God feels distant or fictional – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 4

Does God feel distant, or have you wondered if God is just a thing of the past? Maybe he wasn’t even real back then? While the stories of God’s work in the past sound great, and might even be encouraging and inspiring, what we really want is for God to show up in our livesContinue reading “When God feels distant or fictional – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 4”

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]”

God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]

Road construction, as we said in part 1 of this series on the Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, is usually a nuisance.  Today we learn that God wants to do a major road construction project.  Will it be a nuisance?  Do we need it?  Let’s move to the third reading, Luke 3:1-6,Continue reading “God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]”

A New Testament Psalm [Second Sunday of Advent, part 3]

Normally, our second reading from the Lectionary is from the collection of Psalms in the Old Testament.  But for this second Sunday of Advent, the Lectionary takes us to the New Testament, to Luke 1:68-79, and guess what we find there?  A Psalm!  A New Testament Psalm.  And one that I think you’ll find isContinue reading “A New Testament Psalm [Second Sunday of Advent, part 3]”

Who are you really? (And how to find out)

In my last post, I mentioned that in Deuteronomy 9 Moses gives the people of Israel an exam, and he has shocking news for them.  Remember the principle?  They are not righteous in and of themselves.  They were in danger of thinking that God brought them to the Promised Land because they were so good. Continue reading “Who are you really? (And how to find out)”