Monday, May 29, 2017

Contemplations on the Scriptures

One of the consequences of this writer's efforts directed toward understanding the meanings behind the music and lyrics of Christian rock is that he tends to gain greater insight into the Scriptures. After all, to understand the lyrics, one must know where they are found in the Bible. And since the Bible is a set of continuous books, as opposed to simply brief anecdotes, one must also study the context of the the text. For example, when Jesus was on the cross, he called out to the Father "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mk 15:34). One may think that this is a cry of despair. However, Jews in first century Israel would have known that Jesus was referring to Psalm 22 in its entirety. Further reading of this psalm reveals both a deep trust in God (vs 22-31) and God's final victory over all of the earth forever (vs 32). Continue reading: Contemplations on the Scriptures

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great Things

What do you think are great accomplishments by you or others? Run a marathon? Set a record in high school or college? Achieved that promotion? Performed to a sellout crowd, and get a standing ovation? Win a championship? Get elected president of a group or a company?   Continue reading

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sweet Redeemer

This blog posts revisits a previous posting.

How do you read the Gospels? I know that I sometimes read them like a reading assignment, just wanting to finish the chapter. Sometimes I read the verses, trying to understand the spiritual message the evangelists were trying to convey. Sometimes, I try to put myself in the place of one of the people the evangelists describe - the blind beggar, the leper, the apostles, even the Pharisees and Sanhedrin.  Continue reading...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Christ Is Risen

This Easter season is a time when we should all ruminate on the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. The consequences of his death and resurrection are so profound that it is easy to overlook their impact, and what it means for us as Christians. By rising from the dead, Jesus showed us the power of trusting in the Father, in contrast to the behavior of the Israelites before him as well as those of us now who do not put our faith entirely in God. Jesus submitted to a humiliating crucifixion in accordance to the will of God:

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