When God Seems Distant

If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day, God has seemed distant. What I’ve learned over the years of walking with Jesus (and I’m still learning, of course) is that the the emotions we feel when God seems distant are signals that God wants to do something important in our lives. What in…

“1 Corinthians 15:55”

A song by Johnny Cash, taken from the Apostle Paul: O Death, where is thy sting? O Grief, where is they victory? O Life, you are a shining path. And hope springs eternal, just over the rise, When I see my redeemer beckoning me. Oh row my ship over the waves of your sea Let…

Divine Irony on the Way to Emmaus

In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus takes a seven mile walk with a few disciples. The passage drips with irony. Irony, as a literary technique, occurs when the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character. In Luke 24, we readers get to eavesdrop on Jesus talking…

Why should I believe Jesus rose from the dead?

What is the meaning of Easter and how was it understood by the early Christians? What are some reasons people should believe in the resurrection of Jesus? John Dickson, an Australian scholar, talks a bit about this:  . HT: Centre for Public Christianity

When Jesus Died, Death Died

Last Thursday, our senior pastor and his wife lost their twenty-four year old son to a failed liver transplant. Yesterday, I stood in to preach for our pastor. In my short time of preaching and teaching, this was the hardest message I’ve ever given. The message was designed to help people feel the truth that…

This I Believe: The Redemption of Christ

The Redemption of Christ I believe the only hope for man’s salvation is the redemption purchased by Jesus Christ who came to save sinners. In Christ’s incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, he acted as our representative and substitute. On the cross, he canceled sin, satisfied God’s wrath, bore the full penalty of our sin,…