People bring lots of things into their marriages. My wife brought a 1990 Honda Civic. It was blue, clean, and nicely appointed for a 1990 Honda. We liked the car, but the time came to sell it. It had started having problems, I had put about $600 in it, and it needed about $400 more of work. It had high miles, and it wasn’t worth that much, but I figured it was worth about $1300.
Sometimes I look around at the very talented people I know, and I marvel at how good they are at things. Me? Well, I’m a one trick circus pony. I wish I was had more skills and talents. I’m a hyper-focused guy who has too many opinions and doesn’t know when to stop talking, but in another life I would like to be more well-rounded. So, here is my list of things I wish I could do…
Time will not heal all wounds, but time wasted with people in the name of Jesus certainly can. People will put up with all kinds of foibles if they know you love them. We spend so much time worrying about if our music is appealing, and preparing our Sunday School teachers and small group leaders, but the really big question we need to be asking is if people in your sphere of influence know you love them. Continue reading
Jesus is not safe. From The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the poem of Mr. Beaver…
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
“You’ll understand when you see him.”
And later Susan asks,
“Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Everyone loves the vision of humble Jesus meek and mild. We like the Jesus who is safe. We like the Jesus who never threatens, never challenges. We like the Jesus that agrees with us, and who shares our politics. Better yet, we like the Jesus that has nothing to say to us in our lives. We like Jesus the Savior, but Jesus the Lord is a little hard to follow.
In the last post in the King Jesus Gospel series, we discussed how our author interprets 1 Corinthians 15 to be the closest we come in scripture to an actual summary of the gospel message of the apostles. After giving us an explanation of the text, McKnight begins to examine the specific nature of Jesus as he is discussed in 1 Corinthians 15. See my summary here.
So you’re not lost in the discussion, read the passage first.
1 Corinthians 15:1–5; 20-28 (NIV84)
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
I’m playing around with a new look for the blog. What do you think? Do you like the old theme better?
I’m all for ministry to men, and teaching men to be Christian husbands, fathers, and leaders. However, the “masculine Christianity” movement uses culture bound stereotypes and tries to make these out to be Christian principles. This will come back to hurt Evangelicalism.
Chaplain Mike over at the Internet Monk has a good post discussing some of the issues.
Mike Licona (a scholar I’m really coming to appreciate) has a nice (short) video post on how we can understand the genealogy of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew.
Christianity Today has an interesting article about how the conversion process and how we Evangelicals view it compared to our own history. The author sees Evangelicals moving away from revivalism. I agree, and I think this is a good thing.