Experiencing Jesus in the Bible

A few days ago I was having a conversation with someone who had just recently discovered that I was a youth pastor. I love that moment, when people look at my bearded self and try to reconcile all their pictures of what a pastor is with what’s standing before them. It can illicit all kinds of responses. Sometimes people will try to convince me that they go to church, which is an interesting first r…

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Holy Thursday

Matthew tells us that on an evening during Passover Jesus and his closest 12 friends joined around a dinner table to share a very special meal – although at that moment only Jesus knew how special it was. With sorrow but certainty Jesus looked from one of these friends to another. He caught their eyes and perhaps smiled, perhaps just looked into their souls as he could do so well. They waited in t…

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A Different Cloud

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:1-2). People talk a lot about “the cloud” these days. Things get put “on the cloud” and taken off the cloud, and some things just seem…

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Trust

Here we are, right in the middle of Holy Week, when we recall the events of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The week that started with Jesus, welcomed as the hero by the crowd, the one who would begin the insurrection, get rid of the Romans, and make everything right again. The week that ends with Jesus hanging on a cross, dying a criminal’s death, abandoned by the crowd and even by almost all…

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Power Hungry (Cassandra Millis)

“The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” John 12:19 The Pharisees don’t get it. They say this after seeing the crowds who swarmed Christ during the “triumphant arrival” in Jerusalem. But Christ doesn’t get his power from people. It’s the other way around. I get where the Pharisees are coming from. They feel threatened. They already lo…

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