14 August, 2017
Written by Matt Dabbs
A woman caught in adultery is thrown at Jesus’ feet in John 8. As Jesus dismisses her accusers, he gives her freedom through the forgiveness of her sin AND he tells her to go and sin no more.
In Mark 5 a demoniac comes running out of the tombs to see Jesus. He is naked. He is bleeding. He is unclean and demon-possessed. After Jesus frees him from his demons the man asks to join Jesus and his disciples. Jesus, instead, sends him home to tell people there what the Lord has done for him.
There are many similar stories and examples of the idea that with freedom comes obligation. We could add the opening of the 10 commandments – I…
Engaging in Holy Scandal Imagine if we could turn “church scandal” on its head. What if we became so in love with Jesus, so radical about grace, and so in tune with the work of the Spirit that the church repossessed the same scandalous positions that Jesus embodied and embraced? Loving the unlovable. Adopting the unadoptable. Forgiving the unforgivable. […]
Noise: The Injection of Negativism Recently I made a dramatic change; I opted out of various social media and news sites because of one reason. This was injecting negativism into my life on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. We reside in a highly-reactive society, mostly non-reflective online culture. No matter what we say, as positive as it may be, someone […]
August 2017 Theme: The Church-Jesus Disconnect The church will always have an image problem in the world as what the church is about is not in line with what the world is all about. However, there is an area where the perception of the church is remarkably different than the perception people had and have of Jesus. People see Jesus as […]