Most of us didn’t grow up in a monarchy. In fact, most of us have never spent any time at all in a country ruled by a person whose word is law.
We live in a country ruled by laws, but we’ve never been in a place where when one person spoke—a king or queen—that word became law. No questions asked. There was no appeal, and disagreement was considered treason.
That makes it hard for us to understand what the Bible means when it says, “Jesus is Lord.”
translated means “owner” or “boss.”
The early church would have understood this. Caesar made such...more
Whenever I get confused about where I am on an issue, I like to go back to square one. I want to go back to the beginning of the process and retrace my steps. Sometimes, remembering the first question and the curiosity that drove the process helps me refocus and find the right answer. Right now, it seems everyone is confused about stewardship. Most people hear the word “stewardship”...more
Often, when we come to Christ, we are so sick and tired of the place we are, we just want to get away as far as we can from it. We don’t really care where we’re going. We just want to get away. Any place has to be better than the place we are. Yet, Jesus seldom encourages this kind of escapism. He never says, “Get up and run...more
You’ll often hear a preacher glibly say, “The death and resurrection of Jesus changes everything!” And while that is true, most of us are left with the perplexing question of “how?” Don’t get me wrong, we understand Jesus died for our sins, but what confuses us is how the good news of Easter is to be applied to the everyday moments of our lives as parents, spouses, employees, employers...more
When I was chaplain with the Brentwood Police Department, here’s one of the things I found out: people don’t pay attention. Drivers run red lights they don’t see, pull through stop signs they don’t know are there, and pull out in front of cars they don’t see coming. And if people are ever asked to describe what they saw, well, good luck. They don’t know what kind of car it was....more