What on EARTH is God Doing?

What on EARTH … ?  Yes, earth is one of the most proper points of reference for whatever God is up to.  The gospel of Jesus our Lord is truly comprehensive and expansive.  It extends to the whole earth—the one that once wasn’t but now is, along with all that it has been along the way and all that it will be when God is finished, or rather begins again.  Humans sinned and all hell broke loose from that time to the present and from that place to all places, with continuing, deepening and ever widening consequences beyond human reckoning.  But, wonderfully, Another Human entered the picture and reprised the Human Role in the story.  His entrance set in motion …

Earnest Followers of Jesus

Friends, here is what we are about.  We are earnest followers of Jesus.  We start, continue, and finish with Jesus.  We do not so much have Jesus in our hearts as Jesus has us in his heart.  We delight not so much that Jesus is part of our lives as that we are part of Jesus’ life.  Others depend on an experience they had with Jesus.  We depend on a daily reliance upon the real Person of Jesus who continues his life and work in our world today.  Indeed, Jesus is the author and finisher, the source and consummator, the alpha and omega of everything for us. As we follow Jesus we are drawn into whatever Jesus is and does.  Following Jesus …

Primal Temptations

God has cheated you out of what is rightfully yours!  And, God’s way is unnecessarily hard!  These are the primal temptations that targeted the first humans and the FINAL HUMAN.  They continue to target us, and often undo us. God has cheated you or God denies you what is really best for you.  God doesn’t want what is good for you.  Why? Because God would be threatened if you actually became more than you are now, more than he wants you to be.  Because God does not really want to share all the good he has at his disposal.  Because God likes to be God—to control things, but is unwilling to be there for you, to have your back, and …

THE CHURCH–LIKE A ROAD WRECK!

We were in a hurry—on the way to church, actually.  As I passed the late model Chevy Suburban, my wife called out, “step on it!”  The Suburban had begun to move into our lane.  The other driver never saw us, or the Semi-truck just moving into her blind spot.  In the next moments we watched as the Suburban slowed and then turned directly into the path of the truck.  Apparently the driver thought she could make a quick U-turn after missing her exit.  You can imagine the force of the impact as Semi slammed into Suburban at full highway speed.   Instantly the driver’s side of the Suburban was crushed and dragged 200 feet, leaving behind rear axle and wheels.  We …