Faithful Measure – On Purpose

Faithful Measure – On Purpose

In this previous post a question was posed, “what are we being called to be?” There are some very clear pieces found in a chapter of the New Testament called Ephesians. Ephesians 4 declares the what we are being called to live faithfully towards. Bear with...
The Rich Get Richer

The Rich Get Richer

There’s a story in the New Testament that Jesus shares with his disciples. Matthew 25:12-30 is the parable of the talents. The story goes: a rich owner/employer prepares to go off on a lengthy leave and summons three slaves. To each of the slaves he gives a...
Repairer and Restorer of the Streets

Repairer and Restorer of the Streets

It’s curious that religious activities are routinely not merely ignored, but condemned, in the stories of the Bible. Isaiah 58 is one such story calling out false vs. true worship. Or to put another way, what you do vs. what you say you’ll do. It seems no...
Missing the Mark

Missing the Mark

There are certain words that have lost cultural meaning. ‘Sin’ is one where outside of the church walls you can find people who’ve never heard of it. Within church culture ‘sin’ is understood as doing ‘bad things’ against God....
Jesus on the Outside

Jesus on the Outside

When we read the Bible it’s important to always keep in mind the literary context and the overarching narrative of the entire book. If we don’t then at best we get creative interpretations; more often than not we take verses and fit them into our own way...