The two fundamentals of discipleship are the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Do we know the Scriptures? Do we know the power of God? There is a real sense that unless we "know" both we know neither.
To the extent that we place our hope in the Democrats or the Republicans, or the man-made institutions and machinations of our government—to that extent, we are hopeless.
In sending his Son and inviting the world to receive him, God has opened himself up to the pain of our rejection. Anytime we invite another into our world, we surrender our power to them.
The Bible is remarkably consistent in its upside-down, counter-intuitive realities. Down is the new up. Least is the new great. Last is the new first.
Assurance of salvation is the gift of the Holy Spirit to the humble. Presumption is the self generated security that smacks of pride.
God did everything for us to thrive and he gave it all to us to steward, to live abundantly fruitful lives that would reveal the goodness of God to all of the Earth.
Jesus is the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. To encounter Jesus is to encounter the Kingdom.
We must confess that all our notions of kings and power have missed the mark. Jesus proves this.
"Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you." Deuteronomy 5:12
Charity asks how much can I afford to give. Compassion asks why would I hold anything back.
The people who most deeply and truly know who they are also tend to most deeply and truly know what they are here to do.
The fullness of life offered by Jesus requires the emptying of the life I somehow think I can build without him—all of it.
Because God is about extravagant generosity, he is about so much more than fairness.