Say Something That Matters

There are a few things I’ve learned since being married. Actually, I’ve learned a lot of things since being married, and most of those lessons have come the hard way. One of the things I’ve learned is that your praises and expressions of love to your spouse are more powerful and meaningful when they are specific. My wife loves it when I tell her I love her, but my expression of love is more powerful when I name specific things about her that I love and admire. To say specific details means that I’ve thought about her, and have taken the time to say something particular and special to her. When I say to her, “I love and admire you because of your compassion, your caring, the love you express for others, your honesty, your character, your love for Jesus Christ, and your intelligence.” When I say to her, “I love you”, I’ve said something good. When I say, “I love __________________ about you,” I’ve said something thoughtful, meaningful, and powerful.
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How God Became King: Why We’ve All Misunderstood the Gospels – N.T. Wright

In this lecture, Wright is picking up on the same theme as we are discussing in The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight. He believes that we have largely been preaching a truncated gospel. Wright words some things a little differently than McKnight, but the direction is the same. Wright is a huge scholar, and he is worth listening to if you have about an hour.

The January Series of Calvin College – N.T. Wright: January 24, 2012.

Consumed By Zeal

John 2:13-22 records the account of Jesus’ cleansing of the temple during Passover. Jesus cleans house and in doing so, he challenges the authority of the priestly structure within the temple. Caiaphas, high priest during this time, had won a debate with the other priests and felt that they should allow commerce to happen within the walls of the Temple in the outer courts. None of this commerce was in itself wrong or corrupt. People came to Jerusalem during the Passover to sacrifice, and they would need appropriate animals, so the marketers of animals were a necessity. The moneychangers were there to exchange the foreign currency into acceptable temple currency. There was no guarantee that the foreign currency was of pure metal (silver or gold), and any money given to God was to have no impurities in the metals in the same way that any sacrificial animal was to be without blemish. The law require moneychangers  to exchange the currency. The problem for Jesus is that this taking place within the temple when it was a place of solemn sacrifice and worship. The people saw a practical opportunity to be “religious” while at the same time make a little profit on the side. This infuriates Jesus because the temple was supposed to be about the worship of the one true God and Him alone. The people made it into a house of commerce seeking to meet their own needs, and thus made it about themselves.
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