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Mar 15, 2023 Jesus’ confrontation with the devil in the desert is full of insight. One in particular that demands our attention is the way Satan tried to get Jesus to question his identity. Two of the three temptations recorded in Luke 4 begins with, “If you are the Son of God…” Let’s rewind a[…]

Mar. 1, 2023. One day John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked if he was really the Messiah. Jesus told them to go back and tell John, who was in prison at the time, about all the miracles occurring and how the gospel is being preached to the poor. (Matt. 11:5; Lu 7:22) Is it[…]

Feb. 15, 2023. Melodee and I just returned from Israel a few days ago, and it was so wonderful to see many of the holy sites. However,  there was one that rather stunned me because of the sacred/profane paradox it offered. We were sitting on some bleachers prior to going into the Garden Tomb, and[…]

Feb 2, 2023 Today Melodee and I are in Israel, staying in a kibbutz beside the Sea of Galilee. I am writing this blog overlooking the water from our back deck that is only 200 ft from the waters edge. I’m wondering how many times Jesus and the disciples walked by this exact piece of[…]

Jan 25, 2023. I have always enjoyed the story about the 12-year old Jesus left behind in Jerusalem (Luke 2). When his parents returned to search for him, they found him in the temple discussing spiritual things with the priests. I have chuckled to myself when Jesus replied to his parents, “Didn’t you know I[…]

Jan 18, 2023. The healings, miracles and works of Jesus are legendary. These miracle stories have built our faith as pastors, and enabled us to stir the imagination of our audiences. Most of us do not try to explain them away as exaggerations; we believe them. Many are also recorded in secular historical records, making[…]

Jan. 11, 2023 I know that Christmas is over, but there are a few points from the incarnation stories that I am still mulling over. Luke 2 records that the angels only visited and invited the shepherds on that Holy Night. Shopkeepers, townspeople, and hostels full of visitors were not invited to come and view[…]

Dec. 14, 2022. Kingdoms upon this earth have never lasted; all governments have faded with time. Dating back to the first world power when Alexander the Great cried because there were no more worlds to conquer, til the Romans overthrew the Greeks, and then the Visagoth’s overthrew the Romans. Soon the French, and Germans and[…]

Dec. 7, 2022. This time of year my heart is drawn to the incarnation stories. I don’t know why, but I usually skip the Zacharias & Elizabeth story and jump forward to Mary and Joseph. And yet it is such a necessary thing to start the advent story where Luke did. Young Mary was about[…]

Nov. 16, 2022. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there is a particular divine outpouring that is occurring of which I am deeply grateful… I am thankful for the historic richness of the Jesus Table that is rebirthing before our eyes. I am thankful for how church after church is setting a bountiful table each[…]