When we have power and no authority

Mark 3:20–22 (NIV): 20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “[He is out of his mind].” 22 And the teachers of the law who cameContinue reading “When we have power and no authority”

Proclamation and Demonstration

When Jesus arrives on the scene in ministry (Matthew 4), he arrives with a powerful message: “The kingdom of heaven is arriving.” This SHOULD call for a response. Then, he demonstrates the power of the kingdom. The sick are healed. The demonized are set free. This king means business.  It, of course, draws a crowd. Out of thatContinue reading “Proclamation and Demonstration”

The Place of Authoritative Prayer

20 Early in the morning, as Jesus and his disciples were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered from the root up. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look how the fig tree you cursed has dried up.”  22 Jesus responded to them, “Have faith in God! 23 I assure you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be liftedContinue reading “The Place of Authoritative Prayer”

It is a Tough Thing to Understand Authority

5 In the same way, I urge you who are younger: accept the authority of the elders. And everyone, clothe yourselves with humility toward each other. God stands against the proud, but he gives favor to the humble. 6 Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the lastContinue reading “It is a Tough Thing to Understand Authority”

The Issue of Authority and Submission

Peter spends quite a bit of time on authority and submission in his first letter. He addresses slaves, wives and husbands. Slaves are called on to submit to the authority of their masters. It is in this context that we get a beautiful passage on Jesus enduring suffering for our sakes. He did so entrustingContinue reading “The Issue of Authority and Submission”