To folks who were raised to be kind and share, the story of the wise and foolish virgins might seem a little cruel or harsh. 5 virgins were wise and had oil, 5 were foolish and didn’t have [...]
The question Peter asks Jesus seems quite reasonable. Really, it is, at least from a simple, worldly perspective. How many times do I forgive someone before it's better to just cut them off out [...]
Jesus seems a bit off His rocker when He starts the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. He begins with the verses that today we call the “Beattitudes” - the “Blessed are the....” sayings.
Jesus said that being in His Word would set people free, and their response was to get all huffy and offended. We're good Jewish people, and we've never been enslaved to anyone!
Ugh! Jesus, just get to the point! When people bring you a paralyzed guy, don't waste your time talking about a bunch of forgiveness stuff; get to the point and heal him!
Again! They did it again! Another Gospel lesson, and another question tossed out by people simply to test Jesus, simply to trap Jesus. Again!
It was a trap. A cruel and mean trap. They had invited Jesus to Sabbath dinner, not because they wanted Him to enjoy Himself, not because they wanted to spend time with Him, but to trap Him.
There are lots of different ways to think of or to describe what Jesus came to do. However, this text in Luke 7 gives us one of the most simple and beautiful ones imaginable. Jesus came to stop [...]