Are we MOVED?

40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” (Mark 1:40-41) Indignant. Other translations choose “moved with compassion.” Early in Mark’s gospel we seeContinue reading “Are we MOVED?”

Being people of hope

N.T. Wright leaves us with a powerful reminder of our call as the Church in his book, Surprised by Scripture.  The mission of the church is to drag people into buildings or to run raffles or issues statements. At some point having a place to worship, having funding, and stating beliefs do matter, but it’s notContinue reading “Being people of hope”

Can we let up in prayer?

We have had some BIG things happen in prayer this year. As a church, we have prayed intensely for great needs. Missionary friends in extreme need. World situations.  We cannot let up.  Three requests guarding cancer, and one is personal.  Would you intercede for my dad who is going through some tests? We would LOVEContinue reading “Can we let up in prayer?”

Quit praying for healing

As a Pentecostal who believes in healing, this thought strikes me today: Quit praying for healing.  When Peter and John walked by the lame man in Acts 3, it wasn’t a matter of asking for healing. It wasn’t a matter of giving alms. Both were possible options in that moment. What is needed is a sensitivity toContinue reading “Quit praying for healing”

The night before the dawn

As I pray for my friends Steve and John, two men of God, two ministers, who have battled physical attacks and it has seemed like “night,” I was listening to a sermon by John Kilpatrick. The word he spoke that gave me a new boost in prayer was, “Usually a bad report is a preludeContinue reading “The night before the dawn”

Understanding the power of the Kingdom right here and right now

One of the things I love about NT Wright’s writing is he uses phrases that scare the living daylights out of people like me who are used to the abuse of those words. When Wright dares to move into territory that sounds a lot like the old “Kingdom Now” theology I studied in college, I get nervous.Continue reading “Understanding the power of the Kingdom right here and right now”

Does Jesus know you showed up?

Luke 8 has the story of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. It’s a great story of “pressing in” (literally) to Jesus. The question that comes to my heart today is this: “Are you so passionate about prayer that Jesus knows you just showed up?” All the people pressing in, Jesus knew something happenedContinue reading “Does Jesus know you showed up?”

Jesus and Healthcare

One common claim I hear from some liberal theologians, thinkers, and politicians is Jesus supported universal healthcare. Somehow, Jesus healing people gets equated with universal healthcare insurance. I’m never sure how that leap is made. If those liberals actually believed in Jesus’ healthcare methods and practiced them, I might be more convinced of their arguments. As itContinue reading “Jesus and Healthcare”