Personal Boundaries and Jesus

While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.” – Mark 1:35-36 Jesus finally has time to slip away. He called his disciples. Cast out a…

Day 21: Born to Die

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) In ancient times, as today, kings were born in royal palaces and not subjected to the same kind of everyday hardships that “normal” people face. As the saying goes,…

Examples Can’t Save You, But A Redeemer Can

This past Sunday I was officially installed as the associate pastor of Grace Chapel of Clifton Park, NY. It was a wonderful morning for us as a church family. It was especially meaningful for my wife and I as we were “grafted in” to this congregation. Hopefully this week, I’ll have some time to write…

Fig Trees, Moving Mountains, and Forgiveness

After a long walk on a hot day, Jesus was hungry and wanted a snack. He walked up to a fig tree that was starting to sprout green leaves even though it wasn’t the season for figs. He immediately curses the tree: Woe to you, figs! (speculation, of course). The disciples hear the curse and…

What’s the Point of the Gospels?

It would, perhaps, be a seemingly great advantage had God simply inspired one, long, comprehensive and exhaustive account of Jesus life from birth to resurrection with every detail recorded.  However, that is not what seemed best to God. Unlike parts of a modern day biography, the gospel accounts of Jesus do not exist primarily tell us…

A Prayer I Need to Pray

My friend Marty Everding recently blogged on Hating God in Despising Justice. At the end, he wrote this prayer: Father help us today to believe more deeply that sin is always far more vertical in its aim than horizontal, and that it is far more evil than we can imagine. In light of this reality,…