Are church buildings God’s houses? – John 4:1-26, Part 4

Sometimes Christians call church buildings, “God’s house.”  I hear adults from time to time say, “Kids, stop running in God’s house.” I cringe when I hear that. I cringe because it reminds me of something Jesus said when he and the Samaritan woman were having a conversation around the well. You can read about theirContinue reading “Are church buildings God’s houses? – John 4:1-26, Part 4”

How Jesus got himself into a pickle…and how he got himself out of it – John 2:12-25, Part 3

Jesus is in a very bad situation. Frankly, it’s a situation he got himself into. You could say it is his fault. Jesus at fault? Did he do something wrong? Isn’t Jesus supposed to be perfect? What’s going on? As we’ve been studying this week on the blog, in John 2:12-25, we read the storyContinue reading “How Jesus got himself into a pickle…and how he got himself out of it – John 2:12-25, Part 3”

Two very different viewpoints on Jesus’ cleansing of the temple – John 2:12-25, Part 3

When Jesus’ disciples thought about Jesus’ wild actions of cleansing the temple, believe or not, it makes them think about a poem, a song, Psalm 69.  Only Psalm 22 is quoted more frequently in by the New Testament writers.  That means the earliest Christians saw in Psalm 69 numerous connections to the Messiah.  If youContinue reading “Two very different viewpoints on Jesus’ cleansing of the temple – John 2:12-25, Part 3”

Why Jesus starts a stampede in church – John 2:12-25, Part 2

Imagine a scene with me as you read this post. Jesus is in Jerusalem with his disciples for the Jewish Passover Feast. The city is packed with other pilgrims, and many of them head to the temple for worship. Jesus and his disciples join the crowd. They enter the temple complex, as everyone does, firstContinue reading “Why Jesus starts a stampede in church – John 2:12-25, Part 2”

What Jesus saw at the temple that filled him with emotion – John 2:12-25, Part 1

As we begin our study of Jesus’ surprising behavior in John 2:12-25, it reminded of this video of a protestor who ran onto the field during a Rams/49ers football game. When he first jumped onto the field, carrying a smoke canister which let out pink smoke, referees blew the whistle to stop play, but theContinue reading “What Jesus saw at the temple that filled him with emotion – John 2:12-25, Part 1”

That time Jesus borrowed a move from Ezekiel’s playbook – John 2:12-25, Preview

Do you remember our blog series through the book of Ezekiel?  That series began in 2021, and continued through the first half of 2022.  I know.  Seems so long ago, right?  But try to remember with me, as there was something about Ezekiel that relates to the next episode in the life of Jesus, whichContinue reading “That time Jesus borrowed a move from Ezekiel’s playbook – John 2:12-25, Preview”

How to have a deep experience with God – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 5

In the New Testament there are many ways the writers talk about God in us. As we studied in yesterday’s post, “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” is one way.  There are others.  All of the ways can be brought together under one heading, “Union with Christ.”  Take for example what PaulContinue reading “How to have a deep experience with God – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 5”

How (and why) God wants you to care for your body – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 4

I love watching videos of chiropractors giving people adjustments, hearing the loud cracks. I don’t quite know why, but something in me finds it fascinating. After watching a variety of chiropractors use similar techniques, I asked my wife if I could give her an adjustment. She said, “No way!” I was kidding, kinda. I haveContinue reading “How (and why) God wants you to care for your body – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 4”

When God says, “You don’t know what you’re missing.” – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 3

Have you experienced the sinking feeling of missing out? In our era, we call it FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out. Most people don’t want to miss out. We like to be in the know, part of a group that is experiencing things together. In fact, we can use the fear of missing out asContinue reading “When God says, “You don’t know what you’re missing.” – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 3″

God has plans for his dream house – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 2

There have been a few times when the hand of God transports Ezekiel in some kind of vision.  In chapter 1, he saw the flaming lighting throne chariot of God.  In chapter 8, God took him to Jerusalem to the temple to see the ways the people of Jerusalem were defaming the temple.  In chapterContinue reading “God has plans for his dream house – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 2”