Four Remarkable Truths About John 3:16

There is no doubt among followers of Jesus Christ that John 3:16 is the most prominent and lauded verse in the entire Bible. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Those words certainly provide the most pithy summary of God’s redemptive purposes […]

The Power of a Single Sigma

The Christmas story portrayed in Luke 2:1 and following is well worth the read (or re-read!). It begins, of course, with the famous decree of Caesar Augustus, prompting Joseph and Mary to make their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It proceeds to her giving birth to this most unusual child—Jesus—and wrapping him in swaddling cloths and placing him in a […]

Loved By God

The essence of being a disciple is moving toward Jesus and taking others with you. When all is said and done, it is really that simple. This is liberating. It allows for a variety of ways to do this, recognizing the unique wiring of many different people, their circumstances, contexts, and so forth. To be a disciple is to move […]

Charlottesville and Sin

There is a single word to describe the idolization of white supremacy in Charlottesville, and contrary to the narrative it is not history or preservation or protectionism. It is . . . SIN. There is only One who is supreme, and His name is Jesus, and, remarkably, He came “not to be served but to SERVE and give His life” […]

Values for the Disciple

Mark 7:31-37 offers a striking moment in which to grapple with some important values for every disciple of Jesus. To begin with, consider the story, as told from Mark’s perspective: Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man […]

Brutal Honesty

If we are brutally honest, all of us have issues of shame and fear and regret in our lives. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. This reality keeps us from God (Romans 6:23). To what extent are you willing to acknowledge this in your own life? What are the ways in which you know these […]