Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 2)

Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 2)

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!).…

Romans 9 | Objects of God’s Choosing

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called.” Romans 9: 22-24  I suppose I got what I deserved. It was summer vacation. I was in my last year of high school and walking the boardwalk at…

James | How to be Perfect!

In November of last year, a historic and deadly fire swept through thousands of acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the town of Gatlinburg. The fire, which torched thousands of homes, businesses, and land, caused the evacuation of at 14,000 residents and claimed at least 14 lives. The cause? Two local teens playing with matches while hiking in the Chimney Top area. That day, the two boys were throwing matching to the side of the trail and…

Hebrews 4 | Why Don’t You Give It A Rest?

Just the other day, I was watching a scientist from NASA describe the incredibly detailed pictures we now have of the sun. What only before had been a very limited awareness of the sun’s activity has now become vastly more refined. This new knowledge was all due to the movement of an exploratory satellite designed to come closer to the sun than anything ever had before. The pictures it sent back were astounding in their ability to capture solar events…

Colossians 1 | Who’s Number 1?

Our reading today brings us to the second of what is commonly known as the prison epistles (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians) since they were likely penned during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28.30). Paul is writing to defend the gospel against the heretical teachers, both Jewish and proto-Gnostic, that had invaded the church at Colossae (modern day Turkey). While Paul is awaiting trial in prison, he receives news the very life of this church is threatened by this distorted…

Acts 23 | Looking for a Ride to Rome

Our reading today provides an example of how God uses the events of our lives to accomplish his purposes, even when “what we’re going through” at the time often makes no sense to us at all. It’s no secret Paul held a great desire to visit Rome and preach the gospel (Rom. 15:22-24). Yet, no matter how hard he tried, it just never seemed to work out. As we have read in Acts 19:21-22, Paul once again made these same…

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.…

Luke 14: 7-11 | 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…

2 Cor. 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…

1 Cor. 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…