Heaven is Now

I was caught off guard in college when a professor mentioned that the Kingdom of Heaven was Jesus’ favorite theme. “If he talked so much about it, why doesn’t anyone know more about what Heaven is like?” I wondered. And then I started paying attention to what the Bible actually said about the Kingdom of…

The Clash of Kingdoms

The Bible is framed as a clash between the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of this world. What does this mean for us, our expectations of the world, and our interaction with it? I cover these questions tonight in the close of my miniseries on social justice. Check out this podcast episode on 1208GREENWOOD’s webpage…

Jesus Used Parables to Conceal Truth

In church one Sunday I asked people why they thought Jesus spoke in parables. Many of the answers were to be expected: People like stories; stories can more effectively communicate a point; stories cause us to think; stories stick with us; and so on. While I believe that all of these statements carry truth, none…

The King Enters Jerusalem

In today’s passage, Jesus enters the sacred city Jerusalem and the city celebrates him like a king. But Jesus’ inauguration is very backwards from the kind we know. Check out this podcast episode on 1208GREENWOOD’s webpage or simply subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play.

Resurrection As the Bible Explains It

What we celebrate every Easter is not just the idea that Jesus died and went to Heaven—that’s not what resurrection is. Resurrection is the putting on of a new body that’s fit for the Kingdom of Heaven which God will one day establish on Earth when Jesus returns. And the Bible has a lot more…