... the issues of this age are reflections of the very ones Jesus faced with Judaism. We are witnesses in our time to a core of zealous, false evangelical mysticism that serves as the foundation for a bloated cult of ignorance and denial.
And now, in our lifetime! The Lord has once again flushed scavengers from the branches of the mustard tree. Many churches will be silent, empty this Easter Sunday. A kind of forced reverence has descended upon places of worship that is unprecedented.
...describing how discipleship works. This is a very, very messy business. Not sterile, but hands on. People come. They go. They come back. This is a battle and the sword of the Word cuts deeply. Warriors for God will have blood on their hands but survive to dance in the streets like David did.
It's great to be healthy, wealthy and wise. God has blessed you. But have no pity on the sick, poor and stupid - who are beneath contempt. 'They' have done something to bring God's disfavor and condemnation. You are a CHINO. Christian in Name Only.
“I have to do something about my situation” is a work of this flesh, anchored in a willful sense of personal power. But I surrendered to Jesus. I have no power of my own. It’s pride sneaking in. And that comes before a fall. Humbly, I serve … or I can’t serve at all.