JESUS AND DECONSTRUCTION

Either Jesus will deconstruct us or we will deconstruct Jesus.  We must seek the former and flee the latter.  We must flee the possibility of deconstructing Jesus like the plague and long for Jesus to deconstruct us like the only vaccine for a plague that will otherwise wipe us out. For some who may not be sure, to deconstruct is to understand something only in terms of the ideas and contexts we bring to it.  Thus, we understand the concept of “good” or “right” or “beautiful” as a function of what we assert is good or right or beautiful.  There is no such thing as “good,” for instance, apart from the content or definition I ascribe to it or bring …

WHY JESUS SUPPORTS A PALESTINIAN STATE

Against all the odds, and in the face of a “lethal-veto” from the U.S., the Palestinian Authority lodged an official request to the United Nations that it recognize a Palestinian State among the nations of the world.  I am not a geo-political scientist or strategist and I am certainly no expert in international law or diplomacy.  Even so, I am convinced that if Jesus had a vote he would cast it in favor of recognizing a Palestinian State. Jesus would vote “yes” as a matter of simple justice (though I am sure it would not be simple actually to work out!).  Shouldn’t every people group have a place they call “home?”  Shouldn’t everyone’s home enjoy whatever protection the community of …

THE EVERYTHING WE OFFER IN JESUS

As we have travelled, preached, taught, and held conferences especially in the U.S. and several African countries, it has become obvious that the only thing we have to offer people is Jesus.  We may be able to fund some special projects, but funds are limited and most of what we could do other agencies and NGO could do.  In many cases those other groups could do the same things better than we could. Indeed, the one thing we can offer that many other groups cannot, is Jesus—the true, back from the dead, Lord of all.  Only we are equipped and especially called to offer Jesus!  Like Peter said to the man begging at the Temple gate, “I don’t have money …

On Avoiding Default, Fighting Terror and Following Jesus

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life … “ (John 14:6).  Christ followers claim to believe it, or him.  In the current climate of tolerance and political correctness followers of Jesus will respectfully but firmly insist that Jesus’ way is the way like no other, that doing it Jesus’ way gets us to the core of what is real and alive, and that following Jesus’ way is not only a good idea but is wise, beautiful, right and the best hope of good for all.  We who follow Christ really believe it. And yet … do we really believe it?  Is Jesus’ way helpful, saving, game-changing in matters transcending our own immediate  personal living, in matters …

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 …