The Narrow Gate

It’s a Difficult Road In John 10, Jesus refers to himself as “The Door” or “The Gate.” In Matthew 7, Jesus says to enter through the narrow gate rather than the broad gate. And I just know there is a joke in there somewhere about Jesus being skinny, but I also know that Jesus here … Read more

It’s All Backwards

Saving and Losing Up is down. Down is up. Left is right. Right is left. Anyone who tries to save their life will lose it. Whoever loses their life will save it.  Sometimes Jesus can be downright frustrating to me.  Jesus says things like this (or at least the last part of the first paragraph–I … Read more

The Prophetic Jesus

An Alternate Kingdom We often think of Jesus as Savior, Healer, and Teacher–all absolutely true and key to the identity of Jesus. However, we forget that Jesus is also Prophet. We see in places like in Luke 4:24, that Jesus says that prophets are not accepted in their hometowns, and then just a couple of … Read more

A Time to Mourn

The Prophet Joel The book of Joel is a short book–only three chapters in length. But, just as with all of the prophets, Joel’s message resounds and holds great importance to this period of prophetic speech within Israel’s history. As the reign of kings in both the northern and southern kingdoms is coming to an … Read more

A Remnant Blessing

Remnant Theology There is a fairly strong theme that carries through many of the prophetic books–the idea of a remnant. Of those who remain and survive the judgment that God is going to levy against the people of Israel and Judah. It is particularly important in the book of Isaiah, but today, I would like … Read more