Posts by Kelly Kinder

Posts by Kelly Kinder

Revelation 8 | When Facing Disaster

If you have been reading along faithfully, you will quickly notice the challenges in understanding the book of Revelation. For the reading on Revelation 1, we noted four common interpretative approaches to the book’s message: historicist, preterist, idealist, and futurist. The book’s complicated structure, varied symbolism, and extensive use of the Old Testament make any reader wonder how one can possibly make sense of what we find here, much less see any practical application to daily life. End-time movies or…

Revelation 1 | The Winning Team

What if you had known the winner of the Super Bowl before the game was played? If I were a betting man (which I’m not), I could have made a good deal of money with that knowledge. It would pay me to know who wins beforehand. In the book of Revelation we are told who is going to win before the contest is over. Knowing that Jesus is the sovereign victor over every evil should likewise guide me in how…

John 19 | The Death of Christ

John now shows us the great sign to which his gospel has been pointing – the cross of Christ.  He has carefully selected seven statements and seven signs to answer the question, “Who is Jesus and how can I be certain that his claims are true?” These statements each begin with the declaration “I am”: “I am the bread of life” (6:35, 41, 48-51) “I am the light of the world” (8:12, 9:5) “I am the door of the sheep”…

John 15 | The Simple Secret of Discipleship

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15.4 Through the metaphor of a vineyard, Jesus paints a vivid picture here of the intended relationship between believers and Christ. He had already anticipated the hope for this relationship in 14.23 when he said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,…

John 9 | Jesus and the Man Born Blind

In John 9, we have the account of Jesus healing a man who had been born blind. This is the only miracle in the gospels where the sufferer is spoken of as being disabled from birth. The chapter falls out nicely into three parts. First, is the account of the healing itself (9:1-7), then there is the interrogation of the blind man by his neighbors and the Pharisees (9:8-34) and at the end, Jesus reenters the story to teach us…

Matt. 27 | Born To Die

You may have heard or sung it this week – the familiar Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The third verse of the song concludes with three crucial lines that hint at the central theme from our Scripture reading today – Born that man no more may die:  Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.  While in this season, we celebrate the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus entered human history as a…

Matt. 6 | Believe Me, You Have Nothing To Worry About

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6.34 In Matthew 6.25-34, Jesus teaches us that it never pays to worry. Instead, we must learn to trust God to meet our every need. It’s true that we all have things in life that can distress us and cause us to be anxious so that we often dwell on our difficulties and troubles. Jesus’ word on…

Col. 2 | Ritual or Reality?

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17 This letter opposed…

Eph. 2 | The Walking Alive

I can’t help it. When I read Paul’s words as he opens chapter 2 of Ephesians, my mind is drawn to a most macabre and distasteful reminder of one of this decade’s most-watched TV series – “The Walking Dead”. If you have not seen it, please don’t watch. While it’s based on a comic book series, it is not comical. The gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. The zombies colloquially referred to…

Acts 16 | The Logic And Light Of The Gospel

“And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16.10 One evening recently, I went to visit at a new friend’s home in an unfamiliar part of town. Normally, I use my phone’s GPS for those kinds of trips. This time was no exception. It guided me right to his home. I know the city well, but I will admit that I’m…