The priests, teachers of the law, and elders fail to catch Jesus in his words, so they send their partners in crime to do their dirty work. On this particular day, Jesus is asked about the poll tax in an attempt to catch Jesus in his words. A ‘no’ answer would be seen as rebellion
We have witnessed two great sporting events this year, the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Maybe you’ve been excited and amazed at the achievements of all the athletes and marvelled at the amount of time and practice required to reach Games standards. The modern Olympics were inspired by ancient games held in Olympia, Greece,
Today, the story is simple. A man has a vineyard and he rents it to some farmers. They misuse his property and want to keep it for themselves. When he sends messengers to collect what is rightfully his, the farmers beat them and kill them. Eventually he sends his son and they kill him, too.
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem and
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and done
This is the final few days of Jesus before He is to be crucified. He and his followers are returning to the Temple for the third day in a row. This time He is met by the highest religious authorities who have had enough of this Jesus and his actions. They pose him a quite
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activity
This is the final few days of Jesus before He is to be crucified. He and his followers are returning to the Temple for the third day in a row. This time He is met by the highest religious authorities who have had enough of this Jesus and his actions. They pose him a quiteRead More +
How bold are your prayers? Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God … but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent?Read More +
The Christian life is a transformed life, starting with a renewed mind. Christ’s priorities become our priorities as our mind is more aligned with Christ’s. We are also a work in progress, under construction. When Christ, to whom we are connected by faith, returns, we will be like Jesus and have a glorious, Christ-like resurrectionRead More +
Jesus is the answer we’ve all be looking for. But often Christians mistakenly assume our friends are asking the same questions we asked when we found Jesus. So we get discouraged when others don’t see how wonderful Jesus is. Sharing Jesus in contemporary Australia is becoming more of a cross-cultural experience – which means weRead More +
Jesus tells an interesting story about a shrewd manager and compliments him on the way he managed his master’s resources. Is Jesus commending dishonest business practices? Hardly! So what does He mean by saying “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomedRead More +