Lent Week 3: A Meeting in the Noonday Sun

This week we stay in John. Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now he had to go through Samaria. So…

Lent Week 2: A Clandestine Meeting

For this week’s reading we move to the gospel of John. Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.  For no one could perform the miraculous…

Lent Week 1: Jesus in the Wilderness

This year for Lent we are going to walk through some readings that are traditional for each week of the season.  (Okay, I know.  I’m just barely getting this in under the wire.  Deal.)  Today’s reading comes from Matthew 4 and is the familiar story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Then Jesus was…

Another Look – Joyce Meyer: The Anti-Lent

Before we get too far into the season of Lent I wish to draw your attention to something which runs completely contrary to the spirit of Lent. Joyce Meyer lost her brother a few years back.  He was a Marine Corps veteran whose life was ruined through drug abuse.  He went missing for thirty days…

Quick Hit: Son of God

Sorry to rain on your little parade, my fellow evangelicals.  But I am unabashedly ambivalent in my enthusiasm for the latest big-screen Jesus-movie thing. On the one hand, it is great that the Christian message is getting out there into the larger world via a major motion picture.  But we have to realize that the…

The Gospel is for Christians

How many of you have had the experience of sitting through an evangelistic service at your church?  You heard the Gospel preached clearly, but it wasn’t being preached to you; it was being preached to non-Christian visitors at your church.  You sat through this and thought to yourself, “If only I were an unbeliever right…