A Great Responsibility (Romans 8-10)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14) It might be argued that the most important thing about a person is what he or she does with and believes about Jesus.  The early Church thought this was so important that ... [Continue Reading]

A Chameleon for Christ (1 Corinthians 9-11)

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23) Chameleons are remarkable creatures.  Their unique genetic makeup gives them the ability to blend in in various situations and to camouflage themselves from potential predators.  They ... [Continue Reading]

The Trinkets of Christianity (Acts 18:19-19:41)

A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.  He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.  And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in ... [Continue Reading]

How Far Will You Go? (Mark 2)

Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:4-5) How far are you willing to go for a friend?  And do you believe that Jesus is the solution to all ... [Continue Reading]

Inclusive Exclusivism (Joshua 23-24)

Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.  But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now. (Joshua 23:7-8) There are several paradoxes within the Christian faith, and one of those is inclusive exclusivism.  Early on in the days of ... [Continue Reading]