Stop Making Jesus Angry (And Violent)

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No, that title isn’t misleading. You just aren’t reading it the way I am meaning for it to be read. I’m not talking about making Jesus angry, as if you are doing something that Jesus finds particularly awful (though you shouldn’t be doing things that Jesus said not to).

What I am talking about is the tendency that Christians have to make Jesus like ourselves; angry. And more than just angry, we make Jesus like us. We make Him violent. Continue reading “Stop Making Jesus Angry (And Violent)”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Revelation

(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 5 of the 5 Scriptures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes the entire Book of Revelation.

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Revelation”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 19:11-12

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(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 4 of the 5 Scritpures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes Acts 19:11-12

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 19:11-12”

Grace Is More

“Grace is more powerful than consequences. Grace overwhelms consequences. Even with consequences there is love and grace and the mercy of God in Christ.

Jesus says to us, “I know you messed up, and I know there are consequences, but I want to walk with you through the consequences. I want to love you through the consequences. And I even want to use the consequences in this whole big story.””

– Louie Giglio, The Comeback

The Red Rose: A Book Of Poems by Cassandra Rivett

“Will this road ever end? Will this road ever be clear? Will he make it to the end of this road, to his destination?” – from The Wanderer

A rose by any other name would still smell that sweet, and a book of poetry called The Red Rose is just as sweet as the flower itself.

Blossoming out of the life and experiences of Cassandra Rivett comes a collection of poems tackling the pain and joy, beauty and bleakness, solitude and community. Continue reading “The Red Rose: A Book Of Poems by Cassandra Rivett”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 20:7-12

(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 3 of the 5 Scritpures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes Acts 20:7-12.

So, let’s talk about it.

Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 20:7-12”

Santa Claus Is Cooler Than You Think

It isn’t often that I am captivated by the “Author’s Note” of a book, but Trent Sheppard’s Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God has changed that. And it has given me a fresh vision of who Santa Claus really was, and he is so much cooler than I ever thought. Continue reading “Santa Claus Is Cooler Than You Think”