The Hidden Truth of Jesus’ Parables

To illustrate the need for the Holy Spirit to operate as an interpreter of the Bible, read through Mark 4:1-20 for yourself. Try reading the first 9 verses alone and see if you can figure out the parable without reading Jesus’ explanation (though if you know this story too well the answers will come flooding…

The Already But Not Yet

While the Bible writers often assumed that the last days would be shorter, they still believed that they were living in the last days (He 1:2). The Kingdom of Heaven and its king, Jesus, were inaugurated on the cross—and now we wait for His return to bring the Kingdom into its fullness. It is here,…

Resurrection: Life After Life After Death

Though we’ve had thousands of years to create a deep theology of resurrection, we have for some reason reduced the concept to a fraction of what it is. The Bible writers understood resurrection to be a whole lot more than what we teach. When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, it sent theological shockwaves throughout…

The Parable of the Computer Apps

Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on Matthew 13:24-30 and I couldn’t help but share a strange retelling of this parable that I was working on, because I’m cracking up at what I wrote. Since I live in an urban community, I was attempting to modernize Jesus’ farming parable into something more technological. I even called my…