Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)

The Golden Rule recorded in Matthew 7:12 may be the most famous thing the Radical Jesus ever said and most theologians consider it to be the capstone of the sermon.  It was as if the whole of the sermon was offered simply to get his audience ready to receive this single teaching.  What is introducedContinue reading “Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)”

Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)

The Golden Rule recorded in Matthew 7:12 may be the most famous thing the Radical Jesus ever said and most theologians consider it to be the capstone of the sermon.  It was as if the whole of the sermon was offered simply to get his audience ready to receive this single teaching.  What is introducedContinue reading “Preemptive Good (Thoughts on the Golden Rule)”

Why I Refuse to be Defined by Social Issues, Current Events or Politics

A few months back I received a letter informing me that the writer wishes our church and its Senior Pastor took more stands on social issues and political positions. I get that, I really do. As I was considering the content of the letter, something struck me. In a day and time when churches andContinue reading “Why I Refuse to be Defined by Social Issues, Current Events or Politics”

Radical Jesus (Part 1: Beatitudes)

Text: Matthew 5: 1-12 Title: “Who Would Have Thought It?”  Matthew 4 recounts the launch of Jesus’ ministry.  After the temptation, he relocates from inland Nazareth to lakeside Capernaum, chooses disciples and begins a traveling ministry that features teaching, preaching, exorcisms and healing.  Huge crowds are now migrating to Galilee to find him, desperate peopleContinue reading “Radical Jesus (Part 1: Beatitudes)”