New Covenant

Misery and Mercy – When Christ Meets Us in Our Affliction

If you study the gospel of Mark, you will quickly realize that Jesus’ presence provoked the Kingdom of Darkness. Jesus preached that the reign of God was now present in Him. In Mark 1, Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” The good news was that Jesus was invading enemy territory and “plundering the kingdom of Satan.” The reign of God on earth had come in Christ, and it…

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Christ Will Not Be Supplemented

Christians are often tempted to search for beliefs and practices that will give them a “deeper experience” of their faith. And, as Qoheleth said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Colossians 2 reminded me of this reality today. According to Colossians 2:16-23, first-century Christians were tempted to add Jewish rituals to Jesus. Consider the passage for yourself, Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon…

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Let Your Hatred Be Without Hypocrisy

“O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psalm 97:10a) Whether committed by a politician on Capitol Hill, a famous producer in New York City, or a professional athlete from your favorite team, evil should be hated by those who love the LORD. Our skin should not crawl less when we hear a story of evil actions by someone that we like or supported in the past. There should be parity in our repulsion over evil. When someone claiming to…

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Drinking Together – Reflections on a Common Cup & Racial Reconciliation in the Church

As a father of four, my drinks are constantly being commandeered by a child. No one taught me that this was necessary. It just came with the territory as a parent. We are family. We drink after one another. We do not think twice about it. It is just one of the rhythms of our life together. In the New Testament, the church of Jesus Christ also embraced such familial rhythms. Each week, Christians gathered to partake of the Lord’s…

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Jesus is Better than Your Bucket List

Before I die, I want to ______________. (Fill in the Blank) It is common to hear such expressions among Christians. We state, without much thought, that we hope that we get to do something or see something before we die. We call it our “bucket list,” which refers to the things that we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The implication is that death will steal from us opportunities that we do not want to miss out on in this life. I understand this to a point, but I contend that…

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