Each of the instruments used to inflict wounds into the flesh of Jesus - the scourge, the thorns, the nails, and the spear - demonstrate the brokenness of the world. We reflect on how Jesus is carrying the wounds of the world in His wounds.
We have 4 stories intertwined in Hosea 2: Hosea and Gomer, Achan’s sin at Jericho, the Exodus, and God’s relationship to Israel. But the 5th story in this text is yours. It’s what this text is telling you about how you have treated God and what He has done in response.
The Bible is saturated with water. We scene skip through 5 moments when water plays a huge role in what God is doing…..and then ask what all this has to do with Jesus and with our baptism, in the moment and in the after-effects.
We tackle the following questions:
If it were not for your faith in the Bible, then what other convincing reasons do you have for why it is unwise or wrong to live together with a partner without being married first?
What is grace?
What is faith?
What does Paul mean when, in Romans, he speaks of “saving faith”?
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
Everything within us objects to the reality of death. And yet it is still here, at least for now. We explore Death as an Intruder, as an Executioner, and ultimately as One who has been defeated.
We tend to read Romans 1 as a condemnation of the Gentiles of Paul's time as immoralists and Romans 2 as a condemnation of the Jews of Paul's time as moralists...and to see ourselves as immune from looking like either group. But we all have been on either the Romans 1 path or the Romans 2 path, most likely on both at different points in our lives. But the Gospel presents a third path.
From the Garden to the Cross to the final chapters of the Bible, if you listen to the trees, they will tell you the Gospel story as a journey from life to death and back to life again.
Our understanding of the Greatest Commandment (to love God) is shown through our understanding of the Second Greatest Commandment (to love neighbor as self). But why is it so important to understand why genuine love for neighbor is a response to knowing first that God loved us? We explore how to expand and enhance our love for others by reflecting deeper on God's love for us.
"Why do I need God in order to be good?" It's one of skeptics' most common questions. We explore this question but also try to demonstrate its inadequacy. Being good is not the end for which we were designed. It is the middle part of a sequence that must begin elsewhere and end at a higher destination.