The simplicity (and complexity) of the Kingdom of God

This concept can’t be avoided in Scripture (though we do a good job of trying). The gospel, the Kingdom, is this simple (and yet, this difficult): “How long will you defend the unjustand show partiality to the wicked?Defend the weak and the fatherless;uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.Rescue the weak and theContinue reading “The simplicity (and complexity) of the Kingdom of God”

The downside of evangelical American Christianity

My reading has me in Micah for a few days and as I read it I get this picture of Israel that the prophets portray over and over. Israel is “weary” of serving God. They have some sense of obligation, but they are in love with the gods of the age and want to pursueContinue reading “The downside of evangelical American Christianity”

The deepest seat of our deepest emotions

When our “hearts” (which is our English way of describing an ancient concept of the “deepest seat of our deepest emotions”) belong to Christ, there is such wonderful, beautiful change. Paul describes it in Colossians 3:12-17. When Christ rules the deepest seat of my deepest emotions, anger is shoved away and love takes its place.Continue reading “The deepest seat of our deepest emotions”

Why bother with the Old Testament?

The God of the Old Testament is so mean. He’s violent. He’s vengeful. The “God I know” wouldn’t ever be that way. The “God I know” would be more like this: “I know that you are a merciful and compassionate God, very patient, full of faithful love, and willing not to destroy.” Yes, sir, giveContinue reading “Why bother with the Old Testament?”