Posts by Kelly Kinder

Posts by Kelly Kinder

Acts 5 | How Bold Are You?

“… during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,“Go and … speak to the people all the words of this Life” (Acts 5.19-20).   I have recently been watching a series of videos from a guy on YouTube named, Nathaniel ‘Coyote’ Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife educator who does some crazy things to get his teachings out to the world. If you haven’t seen him in action, it’s fairly entertaining.…

Acts 2 | Will You Join Him?

Chapter 2 of the book of Acts begins by describing the coming of the Holy Spirit. There is a suggestion here, that the Spirit’s activity is most evident (filling the entire house) when believers gather in Jesus’ name. People from every ethnic group (every nation) “hear” the sound of the Spirit and are thus able to hear those same believers communicate the “mighty works of God”. This is truly a reversal of Babel (Gen. 10.1-11.25) when languages were confused due…

Acts 1 | Jesus is Still at Work

The book of Acts is a fascinating account of the life of the early first-century church.  It highlights the work of the Spirit of God powerfully advancing the gospel beyond every barrier. We can better interpret its message when we see the author’s theme and his arrangement of the book’s contents. The theme is essentially a historical narrative on the beginnings of the church and the expansion of the Gentile mission.  What is included by the author is therefore selective in order…

Luke 15 | When God Celebrates

This past Sunday while traveling to church, I suddenly realized that I had left my cell phone back at my house. It was too far and too late to go back and retrieve it before church began. At that moment, I must have sighed too loudly. My wife understandingly commented on how ‘we just feel lost’ without our phones. Aside from the question of whether or not we are too dependent on our iPhones (sorry if you use another brand!).…

Luke 14 | Looking for the Worst Seat in the House

Luke 14 reflects the increasing opposition toward Jesus on his way to the cross. Notably, he has already been in conflict over the meaning of the Sabbath and has more than once offended their religious rules and systems. Yeah Jesus! Jesus, on this occasion, is invited to the house of a ruler of the Pharisees. There he notices a man suffering from a disease. Jesus uses the condition of the man to pose a question and proves a point regarding…

Luke 13 | Free in Christ

Luke 13:10-17 presents a contrast between the thinking of Jesus and those who are merely religious. In this account, Jesus heals a woman who was physically disabled. Luke indicates that her condition was due to a “disabling spirit” – that is, it was due to evil, spiritual forces that caused her to be severely bent over at the waist. Today, we might attribute such a physical problem to scoliosis (curvature of the spine). Yet, we must allow in our world-view…

Luke 1 | Words of Hope

Luke’s gospel begins with several stories intended to describe the circumstances of Jesus’ childhood (1:5-2:52). In this gospel, Jesus is presented as the universal Savior. Though it is an historical account by Luke’s own admission, what he includes is carefully selected, and the stories come as a series of doubles. The account of Zechariah is not merely a story of a couple whom God blesses with a child in their old age. It is a story that sets the stage…

2 Corinthians 10 | Good Things in Small Packages

“If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.” (2 Cor. 10:7b) This begins the third and final section of the letter. Paul has already defended his apostolic authority in light of all the charges from his critics (1.12-7.16), he has called upon the Corinthians to help support the poor believers in Jerusalem (8.1-9.15), and now once again, he picks back up the teaching on his absolute authority to…

2 Corinthians 1 | Help for When You Hurt

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Cor. 1.3-5 Someone once said the main task of the preacher is “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”. At times, it seems Christians require both. Following…

1 Corinthians 11 | Who Do You Care About?

In his recent book, Return to Order, John Horvat pictures a young man who is wearing a pair of jeans with holes in the knees. It seems the young man has deliberately bought them that way. It’s funny to me, because I recall my own kids having a conversation with their grandmother about trying to get her to purchase jeans with holes already in them, and her utter amazement and exasperation that anyone would want them that way when you…