Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5

All week long in this five part series on Colossians 2:8-15, I have been seeking to understand the Apostle Paul’s answer to the question, “What is truth?” After hearing his concern that there are deceptive philosophies in the world that seek to captivate us, Paul focuses our attention on Jesus, saying that Jesus is theContinue reading “Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5”

If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4

This week we’ve been studying Colossians 2:8-15, starting here, and Paul has commanded the Christians not to be held captive by empty philosophy based on the traditions of humankind. I suggested in part 3 of this week’s series of posts that a couple of those empty philosophies impacting contemporary evangelical Christians in America are TrumpismContinue reading “If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4”

What is truth? Where do we find truth in a world of fake news? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 1

Easter is just a few weeks away, and that means we once again celebrate Holy Week.  Imagine with me the scene from the darkest day of Holy Week, Good Friday, when the Roman governor Pilate questions Jesus.  Pilate is the most powerful man in the land, representing the authority and might of the Roman Emperor. Continue reading “What is truth? Where do we find truth in a world of fake news? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 1”

Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2

When I was 17, as part of my punishment for a horribly tragic car accident, in which I was at fault, I did 150 hours of community service in a local hospital’s emergency room. There I saw some nasty wounds. The most difficult was an elderly woman who got a nasty gash on her foreheadContinue reading “Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2”

Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3

I have been in a doctoral program for the last two years, and this past spring I finished my coursework and passed comprehensive exams. That means I now need to write the dissertation.  A book.  I’m writing a book.  And it feels like a mountain.  The first step was to write a proposal for myContinue reading “Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3”

The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1

Did you hear that news that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday?  The star of Black Panther, and many other films, had secretly been battling colon cancer for years, and on Friday, at the age of 43 he passed away, shocking many.  I tell you this because I saw a news report about Boseman’sContinue reading “The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1”

How to have victory over darkness – Acts 13, Part 3

Do you ever sense the battle of light versus dark, good versus evil? Do sense that there might be a spiritual war going on? Do you ever feel defeated? It is possible to have victory over darkness. In our study through Acts we’ve see that battle numerous times. In chapter 8 Philip faced off againstContinue reading “How to have victory over darkness – Acts 13, Part 3”

Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3

What is the true Easter story? As we have been following the telling of the Easter story in Matthew 28, we’ve learned that some women who were followers of Jesus, early on the Sunday morning after Jesus died, discovered an angel waiting in front of his empty tomb. Check out the previous two posts hereContinue reading “Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3”

How to live a non-hypocritical life – 3rd John, Part 5

Remember the story I told about the difficult boss who was terrible to work for, but he was a kind and caring gentleman among his church family?  One way in one setting, totally different in another.  Now that we have studied 3rd John, and we have learned about walking in truth, we can conclude withContinue reading “How to live a non-hypocritical life – 3rd John, Part 5”

What’s more important: belief or action? – 3rd John, Part 4

As we continue studying the ancient letter of 3rd John, we read at the end of verse 6 that John writes his friend Gaius encouraging him to send some fellow Christians on their way in a manner worthy of God.  In other words, he is saying to Gaius, “keep doing what you’re doing in supportingContinue reading “What’s more important: belief or action? – 3rd John, Part 4”