Fracturing Jesus, The Gospel, and The Logos

In John 1:1, the bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  There is little question that “the Word” (λόγος Logos) here in this passage is referring to Jesus.  It refers to him as preexistent, divine, and in communion with the Father.  In the […]

Is Discipleship Authority/Power Delegated To You by Jesus?

If you don’t like the phrase “The Great Commission,” then you’ve probably got some discipleship chip on your shoulder which needs to be worked out.  For now, call it what you like, but the issue of delegation remains.  When Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18), […]

Fracturing The Logos of the Gospel – Part II

In PART I  of this series, I said, “It has become fashionable to sever the (λόγος Logos) into parts and discard the objectionable.” I’d like to continue on that theme, but focus primarily on the relation of the words “gospel” and “logos.” In the book “Scripture As Logos; Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash” […]

Counting the Cost – or – What's in it For Me?

Being in one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet and equally diverse when it comes to people and culture, I’m often fascinated by the many ways an idea or even a saying can be conveyed.  Here in Ecuador, there are a myriad of ways to ask another person how much something costs.  For […]

I'm 76.5% Completely Sold Out To Jesus!

I love it when someone asks me if I’m “100% Sold Out To Jesus.”  Well, I don’t really love it, but it is an interesting provocation.  Actually, it smarts just a little.  I suppose this sort of introspection is healthy at times, but I think it’s based on a lie.  The lie is that one […]

Jesus Didn't Reduce All of the Bible's Commandments to Just 2

In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by boiling. Reduction is performed by boiling liquid until the volume desired is reached by evaporation. In mathematics, reduction refers to the rewriting of an equation or a mathematical expression into […]

Did Jesus Teach This Through Paul?

The Philippian Church was taught: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.“  Philippians 2:3,4 These words were penned by the Apostle Paul. The question is, did […]

The Mistakes of Jesus' Disciples. Then, and Now

The following is a public domain piece by J.C. Ryle.  Ryle, while hearing Ephesians 2 read in church in 1838, felt a spiritual awakening and left what would have been a successful political career to minister.  A vicar for 38 years, He became a leader of the evangelical party in the Church of England and was noted […]

Maybe It's Not the Pastor that Leaves the Ninety-Nine in Search of the One

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the […]