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The Human Side of Walking on Water

There is a striking detail mentioned during Mark’s account of Jesus walking on water. Mark 6:48-50: And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him... read more

Making Fun of Pharaoh

“…the tabernacle was modelled for polemical purposes, at least in part, on mobile Egyptian military tent camps that consisted of almost exactly the same three-part structure with the same measurements and that was oriented eastward (courtyard, inner reception area and the innermost chamber, where an image of the divine Pharaoh was flanked by two winged creatures!)” (Beale, The Temple and... read more

The Delicate Art of Swallowing a Camel

Intro to Sermon: Matthew 22:35-40 Once upon a time, there was a house that had a sewage leak in the basement. The family had no idea where it was coming from, and as the mire got deeper by the minute, they made an emergency call to a plumber. The plumber came by, took a glance down the basement stairs, and turned to the husband and wife with his... read more

Christmas and Infanticide

Christmas and infanticide are forever related and linked. That may sound strange. Christmas is supposed to be a happy occasion. Food, family, and presents are the order of the day. And thoughts about baby Jesus, of course. The tame, mild baby Jesus who was born in a manger, surrounded by cute, cuddly animals (all who could be at a modern day petting zoo, of course), doted on by his parents, and visited by... read more

Prayer and the Armor of God

Intro: Even Jesus, who enjoyed such an intimate relationship and oneness with the Father, where it seemed prayer would be superfluous – still prayed continuously. Ever vigilant in prayer. We need prayer, but its not just a responsibility and a need. Because if it were, it easily becomes the last resort of the desperate, Instead of being... read more

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