Chapter 4: Creation

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Paul begins the book of Romans by saying that the righteous wrath of God is coming in judgment against the ungodliness of humanity because “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). Continue reading Chapter 4: Creation

Chapter 3: Parables

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We all have a perspective on reality. This shapes the way we live our lives and the way we treat people, and what we think about Donald Trump.

Jesus also had a perspective that shaped his life. He had an opinion about his world and about the people around him. He had ideas about reality and about who he was. Reading the Gospels you find Jesus rejoicing in the behavior of some and indignant toward the behavior of others. Continue reading Chapter 3: Parables

Chapter 1: Jesus

Humans are driven to make sense of reality.

One philosopher has said we are “hurled into existence.” And now we find ourselves asking the question, “What just happened?”

All of us engage with “metanarrative” and “metaphysics,” which are just fancy words to describe the basic question, “What is this life all about?” The question addresses the entirety of our reality. This is not a question about America, or about snowboarding, baseball, history, psychology, or topics like these. This is a question regarding all things. This is a question about life. Continue reading Chapter 1: Jesus

6 Ways Peter Identifies the Church: Part 5 (Obedience to Jesus)

The opening of 1 Peter gives us 6 phrases which help us answer the question, “What is the church?”

Today I am commenting on phrase #5 “… for obedience to Jesus.”

What is the church?

The church are those people who have decided to obey Jesus. This decision immediately differentiates a person from the rest of the world. This decision is the great ultimatum. Continue reading 6 Ways Peter Identifies the Church: Part 5 (Obedience to Jesus)