Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 5)

Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 5)

God at Work | Acts 2

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…

Luke 13: 10-21 | 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…

Breaking With Tradition

Our focus in today’s reading of Mark 3 is on verses 1-6 – the healing of “a man with a withered hand”. This is the last in a series of five stories that extends from Mark 2.1-3-6, all designed to demonstrate Jesus’ authority: He teaches with authority (1.22, 27), commands obedience from demonic powers (1.28), forgives sins (2.1-12), eats with the “riff-raff” tax collectors and sinners (2.13-17), ignores religious expectations about fasting (2.18-22), and side-steps respected Jewish tradition regarding healing…