One thing you lack

Mark 10:17-22 gives us the story of the rich man asking about eternal life. One big thing that continually stands out to me from Mark and Matthew on this story: When asked point blank what was needed to inherit eternal life, Jesus did NOT point to himself in a way we would think. He did NOT say,…

Save us from the “Rah Rah” Resurrection

Every year there is some comment, post, article, etc., out there that will wonder why Christians go through the “morbidity” of Lent or “dwell” on the crucifixion. It’s a braggadocious claim about how they live in the resurrection power. Jesus is alive! Jesus IS alive. And the resurrection IS where we dwell. We live in the power of the…

Jesus is coming after YOU

I am preparing for Palm Sunday and part of that is reading the text in Matthew 21:1-11. I couldn’t stop there. What did he do AFTER making that triumphal entry? He ransacked the Temple. He healed IN the Temple, drawing the weak in… and he blessed children. This is a powerful statement. He is NOT…

Overwhelming Generosity

This weekend I was at our district’s Equip Conference. In one main session the speaker, Scotty Gibbons, invited a volunteer youth leader to the front. Scotty had been talking about encouragement and using Barnabas and Mark as the example. At the end of the message Scotty randomly picked a youth volunteer to come up front…

The extraordinary in the ordinary

Whenever I get tempted to think about a “significant” life in a way that means more “notoriety,” I will remember by grandmother. We laid her to rest today. She was 98 when she passed from this life to the next. She invented nothing. She wrote no books. She starred in no movies. She was born…