Quote of Note #31: Overcoming Earthly Powers Through Heavenly Means

"Whatever our calling, we know this: We are not serving wicked kings, but the King of kings who fulfills all types and shadows of the Old Covenant Israel.  His coronation did not come by earthly decree, but through his resurrection and ascension.  Therefore, his way of conquering the world's kingdoms is also revolutionary.  He doesn't … Continue reading Quote of Note #31: Overcoming Earthly Powers Through Heavenly Means

Bible Note #30: Making the World Good Again, through the Redeeming Love of Jesus (Mark 5:1-20)

Jesus has come to redeem us from our oppression under and participation in the evil of a fallen world and to give us the calling of following in his footsteps. I have a friend whom I see from time to time. He’s involved in the life of a church, though I’ve never really talked to … Continue reading Bible Note #30: Making the World Good Again, through the Redeeming Love of Jesus (Mark 5:1-20)

Pastor Note #78: Christian Witness in an Age of Offense

In the 1960s it was the Age of Aquarius.  (If you’re much younger than I am, you probably don’t understand that reference.)  We are now in the Age of Offense.  Everybody is offended these days.  Everybody has become touchy.  We all tend to take everything personally.  We have begun to use the things that offend … Continue reading Pastor Note #78: Christian Witness in an Age of Offense

Quote of Note #24: Showing Respect to All

"We should never insult others on account of their faults, for it is our duty to show charity and respect to everyone.  If we pay attention to the honor and reputation of others, whoever they may be, we shall conduct ourselves not only with moderation and good humor, but with politeness and friendship." John Calvin, … Continue reading Quote of Note #24: Showing Respect to All

Bible Note #22: Facing the Evil

Facing the Evil The year 1944.  The place, Nazi-occupied Poland.  The narrator, Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Jewish psychiatrist from Austria. Fifteen hundred people had been traveling by train for several days and nights:  there were eighty people in each coach.  All had to lie on top of their luggage, the few remnants of their personal … Continue reading Bible Note #22: Facing the Evil

Bible Note #21: Proverbs 14:31–The Heart of God and the Poor

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  Proverbs 14:31 [NIV] We have here an antithetical parallelism.  The two halves of the couplet contrast with each other, and in that way the writer shows us one key truth by showing us both sides of the … Continue reading Bible Note #21: Proverbs 14:31–The Heart of God and the Poor

Quotes of Note #18: Christian Speech

"The Bible's standard for speech is incredibly high.  Every word that comes across a Christian's lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear.  There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech--a believer's mouth must always be on … Continue reading Quotes of Note #18: Christian Speech

Pastor Note #76: Citizenship in the Only Christian Nation on Earth

I am a Christian who happens to be an American.  I am not an American who happens to be a Christian.  For me the distinction drawn in those two statements is very important.  My commitment and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ is sovereign over all other commitments and relationships in my life. My identity … Continue reading Pastor Note #76: Citizenship in the Only Christian Nation on Earth

Quotes of Note #15 — Forgiveness and Freedom

"Regardless of all the reasons why we might not want to forgive, the bottom line is that forgiveness is the best way to bring you into freedom. . . ." "The devil blinds us with the lie: I'm punishing my offender by not forgiving them.  It is as if we think by our refusal to … Continue reading Quotes of Note #15 — Forgiveness and Freedom