• Read through the Bible, Part 13

    Posted May 1st, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 13

    2 Samuel 11 – 1 Kings 6; Luke 18:35 – 21 Luke’s version of the Olivet Discourse is recorded in chapter 21 (cf. Matt. 24-25; Mk. 13). In this discourse Luke describes the end of Israel as they know it. Not one stone of the magnificent temple will be left untouched (21:6). The whole chapter …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 12

    Posted Apr 24th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 12

    1 Samuel 25 – 2 Samuel 10; Luke 14:25 – 18:34 In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus cleanses 10 lepers. Leprosy plagued those who had it with a host of physical manifestations. But that was not the worst of it. Worse than this, leprosy plagued those who had it spiritually. Those with this infection were forced out, …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 11

    Posted Apr 17th, 2016 By in Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 11

    1 Samuel 9 – 24; Luke 11:37 – 14:24 In Luke Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool (12:13-21). It’s not so much about money as it is about affections. In other words, money isn’t the problem. The man has a bad heart. This is why Jesus says to all those who hear, “Take …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 10

    Posted Apr 10th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 10

    Judges 16 – 1 Samuel 8; Luke 8:4 – 11:36 This week in our “Through the Bible” reading we heard the request of the disciples for Jesus to teach them how to pray (Lk. 11:1). There is something breathtaking about that request, isn’t there? Imagine for a moment. Jesus. The incarnate Son of God and …

  • Easter Pagan?

    Posted Apr 3rd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Easter Pagan?

    Want to have some fun? Do the following Google search: <easter pagan?>. I dare you! You’ll find some weird stuff out there. I think the same guys writing about this also wrote the stuff about 9/11 being an inside job and that President Obama and Mitt Romney are not really U.S. citizens. When it comes …

  • Easter Sunday

    Posted Mar 27th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Easter Sunday

    Usually it’s here you read my words and my reflections. Below, instead, I offer an Easter reflection from a sermon preached by N. T. Wright. He points out that Easter is a time of intense and profound celebration and that the length of it is much longer than many Christians realize. As we welcome in …

  • Palm Sunday

    Posted Mar 20th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Palm Sunday

    One week before Jesus died in Jerusalem he entered that same city and was hailed a king. How quickly things can change! What is going on here? In a highly charged and freighted symbolic and liturgical act Jesus enters the city and is greeted with a warm reception. He is hailed as king and the …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 9

    Posted Mar 13th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 9

    Numbers 6-36; Mark 1-8.21 Communicators of all stripes and shapes and sizes are acquainted with the well-known ancient triad: logos, ethos, and pathos. Journalists, novelists, preachers, artists, salesmen, and many others know – even if they don’t really know and are not able to articulate it – of the ancient triad’s importance and power. Logos. …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 8

    Posted Mar 6th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 8

    The Bible speaks of being in relationship with God by using covenantal language. Individuals and nations are covenantally united to God through faith or through a relationship with someone already united (think here of members of a household–whether that be a familial one or a national one, thus, citizens, slaves, spouses, children, etc.). We tend …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 7

    Posted Feb 28th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 7

    Numbers 6-22; Mark 1-5 The title of the fourth book of our English Bibles is unfortunate. Numbers comes from the Greek translation of the OT called the Septuagint (sometimes simply referred to by the Roman numerals LXX which, of course, stands for seventy. The number comes from the legend that the OT was translated from …

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