One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”Then he asked them, “But who do ... Continue reading
This category contains short essays on a wide variety of topics centered on the questions: Is Christianity reasonable, and if so, What does living faithfully to Jesus' teachings look like in the 21st century?
Peter answers Herod’s question: Who is this guy?
Who is this guy?
When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything Jesus was doing, he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead. Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.“I beheaded John,” Herod said, “so who is this man ... Continue reading
He turns winter into spring
“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of AvonleaJesus was walking along a road, a large crowd following, when he was stopped by the leader of a nearby synagogue. His daughter was very ill, he explained. Could Jesus please ... Continue reading
The man who lost his mind
So they [sailed to] the region of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town. As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and ... Continue reading
Shining light on good deeds
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone ... Continue reading
Apostles’ Creed: I believe in Jesus Christ
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, —The Apostles' CreedWe have three options. 1. Jesus Christ never existed. 2. Jesus Christ was a mysterious historical figure about whom we know little for certain. 3. Jesus Christ is as the New Testament portrays him.An honest look at ... Continue reading
The women who made Jesus’ ministry run
Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out ... Continue reading
Did Jesus bury the lede?
As Jesus traveled the countryside preaching and healing, the question everyone asked was: "Who is this guy?"John the Baptist was asking the same thing. One day, he tasked a couple of his own disciples to go have a talk with Jesus. Here's how Luke describes the meeting:John’s two disciples ... Continue reading