Today’s message first arises from Ephesians 2:1-10, where we find the author discussing spiritual death: “You were dead through the trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Then the text expresses how deep we were once mired in the mere physicality of our existence, driven by distracting and harmful attitudes and behaviors leading to destruction. The good news is that God recognizes our plight and offers a rescue plan wherein redemption comes through God’s gift of grace. In this formula we don’t earn our way to heaven as much as we receive faith-power from God. The result of this process is magnificent in that we are restoredRead More →

Today’s scripture highlights one of the most controversial biblical narratives about Jesus. All four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—reveal this startling story about Jesus turning ballistic. Jesus wasn’t simply mad, he made a weapon and attacked. What we’re about to learn today is the only recorded incident that depicts Jesus as physically violent against both people and animals. With an introduction like this, you’re probably wondering where we’re headed. I agree with you that this topic isn’t easy, and is best avoided by those who don’t want to share an uncomfortable exposé. Despite the temptation to ignore trouble, we must not run and hide. We’reRead More →