Jesus and Judas

Jesus didn’t just preach on enemy love, he demonstrated it for us. Looking out at those who accused and murdered him, he cried out from the cross “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). Just imagine putting an innocent man in an electric chair and him saying that to all…

Enemy Love Demands Our Attention

Today we often hear the stories of how the church has loved those who have loved them, but to that scenario Jesus essentially said, “So what?” Or to use his actual words: “If you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Mt 5:46)….

Praying for Your Enemies

God did not just tell us to love him, but to love our neighbors as well. “Not the neighbors you pick out,” farmer-poet Wendell Berry would say, “but the ones you have” (Berry, Wendell. “The Futility of Global Thinking.” Harper’s Magazine. September 16, 1989, p. 22.) Jesus makes the process simple: start with the people you have…

A God Who Wipes Away Tears

Tonight I shared a bit of my testimony and explained how it can be difficult for me to receive God’s love while I have no problem dishing it out to others. Listen to this episode on the 1208GREENWOOD webpage or by subscribing to the 1208PODCAST on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. 

Spiritual Social Justice

Last week I talked about my love for social justice and social activism. This week I offer some critique on the subject, for the way the world does social justice and the way that Jesus does social justice are grounded in very different themes. Check out this podcast episode on 1208GREENWOOD’s webpage or simply subscribe…