A three-dimensional, Green V world, allows us to make sense of everything we see, hear, and experience in history, in religion, in the Bible, in modern times, and within us. In my teaching, I’ve found that having a review of the basics of the Green V worldview is helpful, since it is so radically different … Continue reading Need a refresher about this new worldview?
So many times this past week, what I heard the most often had to do with this being ". . . the most unusual Easter." One insightful preacher said, "No, the first Easter was the most unusual ever!" Could this Easter be the most like the first several years of Easter? People are meeting in … Continue reading A most unusual Easter?
The following is a Bible passage that’s unlikely to be anyone's favorite; it’s unlikely that anyone even slows down here to see what it's saying. But let's slow down in the conviction that God's Word does not return void (Isaiah 55): Hebrews 7:14-19: For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in … Continue reading Hebrews 7–A message not to miss
Leviticus 19:17-18 is a neat literary package with a profoundly powerful message: "You shall not hate your neighbor in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him [= share in his guilt b/c you haven't tried to keep him from it]. You shall not take revenge or bear … Continue reading Love your neighbor
Solomon wrote "Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools [unbelievers = people dishonest about what their lives depend on]" (Ecclesiastes 9:17). Recently the governors of New York and Illinois made loud boasts about leading the way in expanding the legality of abortion. God bless … Continue reading Quietly, lovingly, persistently
In the reading from Exodus 34 God tells Moses to cut two tablets of stone on which God will write the Ten Commandments. If we are determined to oppose God, the law becomes a ceiling too heavy for us to bear, and we get mad about it. But when God's grace regenerates our soul to … Continue reading The Law–Ceiling or Support?
In yesterday's reading from the One Year Bible, Jesus says, "But the one who endures to the end shall be saved; and this good message of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:13-14). The gospels report the history … Continue reading Endure
Yesterday's One Year Bible readings included Exodus 8—9, a record of the contest between God and Pharaoh. God commanded Pharaoh to let Israel go free; Pharaoh refused. In this way, Pharaoh is like the devil, who refuses to free humanity so we might serve God. Pharaoh is also indicative of our own human nature: stubborn, … Continue reading Pharoah vs. Little Children
Today's Old Testament reading from Genesis 44:16-34 reports Judah's confession of wrongdoing in regard to Joseph. Judah admits that God has caught up with the brothers of Joseph and then he offers to exchange places. Here is a powerful witness to the corruption of human nature and God's remedy for that when Jesus, a descendant … Continue reading Exchanging Places
In Matthew 10:39 Jesus says, "He who finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." These words are nonsense to a twenty-first century world convinced that the only real world is physical and bound in time. But what if God's creation reflects His image, in part, … Continue reading A New Perspective