“Walk By the Spirit!”

As the Apostle Paul brings closure to his thoughts regarding love being supreme over and above the fleshly extremes of license and law, he raises a tension regarding how to ensure this love will prevail. Galatians 5:16 and following resolve this tension with profound clarity, and the resolution is the antithesis of self-effort. “Walk by the Spirit,” the apostle pens, […]

Taking the Lead . . . .

In the margin of my Bible, right next to Psalm 45, I have written the following words: take the lead, at the front, for causes bigger than you—don’t be shy. To the right of these words I have placed a star, scrawled in pencil, and to the left of these words an arrow pointing toward Psalm 45:4, which, with the […]

Doing Good; Planning Harm

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good […]

The Summons

Embedded in the heart of Psalm 68 is a simple lyric compelling me to beg God to unleash his power on my behalf. Read it carefully: Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. It has become for me one of my most treasured prayers. Let me share with you just a […]

If Jesus Did Not Rise . . .

John 20:11-18 tells the story of Mary Magdalene who, upon discovering the empty tomb, is unsure of what has happened and is clearly panicked by the idea that the Lord has been “taken away” (John 20:13). First she must deal with Jesus’ death, and now the possibility that someone has stolen his body, perhaps as some cheap stunt. Whatever hope […]