Theology

Into the Cloud: What Happened to Jesus After He Ascended?

Into the Cloud: What Happened to Jesus After He Ascended?

What happened to Jesus right after he ascended to go back to his Father? “And when [Jesus] had said these things, as [the disciples] were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). What happened then? For the disciples, they kept staring (of course!), and two men told them that he’d return in a similar way (Acts 1:10-11). But what about Jesus? What happened to him?…

Unbelief in the Triumphal Entry

Unbelief in the Triumphal Entry

What do we do with the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem? It’s a question I’ve always asked myself, especially growing up singing the worship song “Hosanna” which has a chorus consisting solely of the words from the people in the story. For years it’s been a bit jarring for me to sing that song (and others like it) because it’s very clear that in the story these same people are soon to change their “Hosannah” to “Crucify him! Crucify him!”…

What If Christians Do Love the Lord Their God With All Their Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength?

What If Christians Do Love the Lord Their God With All Their Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength?

What if all Christians do love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength? (Before you close this window with accusations of heresy, I encourage you to stick with me for a minute.) Many of us know the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisee: "'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?' And [Jesus] said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'" (Matthew 22:36-37). Jesus is citing a famous Old Testament text…

Considering in Christian Living

Considering in Christian Living

It's simple to see change in our actions and behavior. And because of this we can begin to think our Christian life and growth consists mainly in our actions. We can think the Bible is a list of do's and do not's, of actions we are too perform or avoid, and that adhering to these is how we bring about change. But what if we're more complex than that?…

Who is God? Look to the Story, Not Speculation

Who is God? Look to the Story, Not Speculation

God in his Book does not reveal himself in the way of the philosophers. The vast majority of people in human history have agreed that there is a Supreme Being, a God or gods. And most have tried to philosophize about who he is like. It's been common from ancient times until today. We can describe this type of thinking about God as 'speculation'…

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Before I list and summarize the books I read this year by Edwards below, first I would like to describe why this man of God is so unique and powerful, and what it was like reading him. I took some time thinking about how to succinctly describe his writing and thoughts…

Jesus and Moses' Conversation About Exodus

Jesus and Moses' Conversation About Exodus

When Jesus was transfigured (meaning, ‘transformed’) on the mountain, he spoke with Elijah and Moses. But what is fascinating is the topic of their conversation: “They spoke about his exodus” (Luke 9:31, literal translation). I was struck by this because one of these men speaking to Jesus is the original exodus deliverer himself…

God’s Shocking Love for His Own

God’s Shocking Love for His Own

It’s a difficult topic to discuss. I don’t want to say things that are incorrect. But more importantly, I especially don’t want to utter any slanderous statements about God and his love. God is love (1 John 4:8)—wonderfully so. It will take forever for the saints to understand the infinite love of God (Ephesians 3:19). I, a small mind, cannot fully grasp the grandness and grandeur of God’s love. I look forward to forever swimming in that ocean. Yet while reading the Bible, we come across some strange statements—remember, from God himself!—that describe God’s love. They’re declarations that I know I wouldn’t make if I were to write a treatise on the love of God. These statements particularize his love. And they do so to such an extreme that it can be jarring.

Why Did Jesus Rise? 4 Reasons for the Resurrection

Why Did Jesus Rise? 4 Reasons for the Resurrection

In history, three days after he died on the cross, Jesus of Nazareth rose from his grave. We must stress the historical fact that this truly did happen, just as with his life and his cross. If you could go back around 2,000 years, you could watch Jesus of Nazareth die on a Roman cross and you could see him on Sunday alive again…