Mary was frantic: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:2).
She saw a man, assumed he was the gardener, and asked him if he had taken the body. And then Jesus revealed himself to her...READ MORE
Jesus points to a field of wheat. Imagine trying to count the number of kernels in one acre. Immeasurable abundance. Turning our gaze to those luxuriant fields, he says, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to...READ MORE
We grow during meaningful conversations with kindred spirits. But that's often hard to find in the midst of our non-stop days filled with never-ending to-do lists.
As this year comes to a close, we want to lift up several powerful podcast...READ MORE
The whirlwind of the holiday season is upon us.
Now I love the holidays, I really do. There are just so many beautiful things about Christmas time. The decorations. The nativity. The incarnation.
The thing is, life doesn’t pause to...READ MORE
This may come as a surprise to you: Christianity is not an invitation to become a moral person. It is not a program for getting us in line or for reforming society. It has a powerful effect upon our lives, but when transformation comes, it is...READ MORE
It was to the most religious people of his time that Jesus spoke his strongest warnings about a loss of heart.
It is tragic for any person to lose touch with the life of their heart but especially so for those of us who once heard the call...READ MORE
How God loves his people to ask him in faith—pressing in, continuing to ask no matter how long it takes, believing that he will come through for us. I just got off the phone with a friend who has been praying for her children to come to know...READ MORE
Jesus is a fierce, intentional man to be sure. But his passions are neither reckless nor momentary.
Could a small, unintimidating figure accomplish such a sustained riot? To pull off driving “all of them out of the temple” would require...READ MORE
The only way is love. Paul says love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Cor. 13:5). In loving relationships, we want to throw away the list in our heads of wrongs done to us and ignore them when they raise their indictments yet again. Too often we...READ MORE
The loss of personality confounds our imitation of Christ. What happens is, our particular brand of church seizes upon one or two of his virtues as the essence of Christ for us to follow. Justice. Mercy. Righteousness. Whatever. You cannot live a...READ MORE
The religious technocrats of Jesus' day confronted him with what they believed were the standards of a life pleasing to God. The external life, they argued, the life of ought and duty and service, was what mattered. "You're dead wrong," Jesus...READ MORE