The Reign of Christ

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you overContinue reading “The Reign of Christ”

Not All Endings Are The End

As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” When he was sitting on the Mount ofContinue reading “Not All Endings Are The End”

Once and For All

24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after yearContinue reading “Once and For All”

Embodied Love

Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, andContinue reading “Embodied Love”

Changed By a Wild God

Then Job answered the Lord:2 ‘I know that you can do all things,   and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3 “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,   things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.4 “Hear, and I will speak;   I will question you, andContinue reading “Changed By a Wild God”

The Blessing of Disillusionment

“Then Job answered:2 ‘Today also my complaint is bitter;his hand is heavy despite my groaning.3 O that I knew where I might find him,that I might come even to his dwelling!4 I would lay my case before him,and fill my mouth with arguments.5 I would learn what he would answer me,and understand what he wouldContinue reading “The Blessing of Disillusionment”

A Childish Dream

Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart heContinue reading “A Childish Dream”

The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evilContinue reading “The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation”

What Is Your Flagpole?

4 The Lord God has given me   the tongue of a teacher,that I may know how to sustain   the weary with a word.Morning by morning he wakens—   wakens my ear   to listen as those who are taught.5 The Lord God has opened my ear,   and I was not rebellious,   I did not turn backwards.6 I gave my back to those whoContinue reading “What Is Your Flagpole?”