Trinity Talk (Page 30)

Trinity Talk (Page 30)

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…

John 14: We Do Not Have to Worry!

Jesus words in John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled…” have brought great comfort to Christians through the ages.  But there is a good reason Jesus told his disciples this. Sitting in that upper room, there was a lot to be troubled by. The crescendo of opposition against Jesus from the religious leaders was growing to a fever pitch. They were out to get Jesus, and everyone knew it. In fact, Jesus had just predicted his own death. He had just spoken…

Idols Unaware

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21) A trip to India will cause you to reassess things in your life. On my recent trip, it was very difficult to acclimate to the spiritual, cultural and literal climate. But undoubtedly the most unexpected aspect about the culture is that blatant, daily and literal idolatry that is a normal part of every day life. People actually purchase stone idols and pray to them. They set up shrines to their billions…

Christ Gazing

… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…   Hebrews 12:1 The cloud that shrouded the tower was slowly drifting away, and the view that unveiled before us was stunning.  Melissa and I had spent most of the day on a long and demanding hike up the heights of the El Yunque rain forest.  We were told that the view from the observation tower on top of the highest peak was stunning, but the cloud cover had…

What Do You Hear in the Silence?

My friend just came back from a silent retreat.  When I spoke to him, he said it was a great experience, although, I confess, lots of jokes were running through my head.  I mean, how would you know that people didn’t hate the silence?  No one could say anything about it! These kinds of retreats are becoming more popular.  People travel a long way and pay good money to sit for days in silence.  To be honest, it sounds like…

Christmas | I Wonder

Last year around Christmas time I tweeted a few fragments of Christmas songs on the days leading up to Christmas.  I got a good response as people enjoyed taking time to meditate on the truths in lyrics such as: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing”   “Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.”   “Son of God, love’s pure light”   “Till he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth.”   “Dear…

Colossians 2 | The Way We Grow

If I were to ask you what is the best way to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, what would you say? Spending time in the Word?  Prayer?  Worship? Of course, all of these things are crucial to maturing as a Christ follower, and they should not be neglected.  But there is one element of the Christian life that often gets overlooked. In Colossians 2:19 Paul urges the church at Colossae to be careful to hold on tight to…

2 Timothy 2 | Remember Jesus Christ

2 Tim. 2:8   Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel. At a recent meeting of pastors I attended the question was put forward: What is the greatest need in the Church today? There are many possible answers to that question: revival, spiritual maturity, understanding the message of grace, evangelism, character, or personal renewal. But there is one answer that trumps them all and affects all of these areas. The greatest need for the…

Romans 14 | Convictions, Not Commandments

I have often referred to our reading today, the fourteenth chapter of Romans, as a miracle of grace! Paul is writing to a church comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. Without going into the specifics regarding each group’s scruples, suffice it to say that both groups had very specific convictions about such things as what to eat, what to drink, and what days to observe. And these personal convictions apparently were affecting the unity of the church at Rome. So…

Genesis 29 | Missing the Love of God

“And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,* for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me” In today’s reading in Genesis (ch. 29), we have the story of the birth of Jacob’s first four sons and the rivalry between his two wives, the two daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel. It is the sad account of a bitter rivalry in which each of these women…