Authority & Power

power and authorityToday in the Sunday school class that Jody and I teach at a local church, we continued a discussion of authority and power. The discussion centered around the scene in Matthew 10:1 where Jesus conferred authority on His disciples and then dispatched them to various villages and towns where He planned to visit Himself.

The question centered around what it looked like for Jesus to give these men authority? Was it a pep-talk, like a coach in the locker room at half time? Did He lay hands on them? Was there a supernatural infusion of some sort? Or did Jesus merely send them out with the assurance they could do what He was asking of them?

Also, we talked about what would have happened if the disciples had not exercised the authority they had been given. The answer was probably, nothing. If they hadn’t acted on what Jesus had instructed,  God’s power would not have been released.

That revealed an important connection between authority and power: obedience. Without obedience — the willingness to act on the authority of God — the disciples could not have walked  in power.

The same holds true for us. We are to discover the authority Jesus has conferred upon us and then determine to be obedient in that authority. Only then can we expect to see the power of God.

Dones on the Run . . . But Where?

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DonesAnd let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)

I keep hearing about a new demographic. They are called, “The Dones.” They are people who, though followers of Jesus, are tired of church. They are done with that. Somewhere along the line, they realized they felt like college students who forgot to graduate. They began to wonder when the weekly lectures would give way to “life in the real world.” Continue reading Dones on the Run . . . But Where?

The End is Near… Again?

the End is NearAs I said in the previous post, Christian history is littered with discarded promises that the end is near. There has been no shortage of earnest seekers and pompous bunk-shooters. Across the centuries they have kicked the eschatological tree and shaken loose more than a few believers.

Up to now, if you hadn’t noticed, the forecasts that the end is near haven’t amounted to much.  Continue reading The End is Near… Again?

Blood Moon, Shemitah Year & Sanctified Hysteria

Shemitah YearI’ve not been one to get excited about prophecy and dire warnings from Biblical doomsayers. I am not easily lured to the edge of eternity.


Well, there was the Mayan apocalypse of 2012. Before that, there was Y2K, a looming catastrophe that passed largely unnoticed. (That one inspired a friend of mine  to fill his basement with cases of toilet paper Continue reading Blood Moon, Shemitah Year & Sanctified Hysteria

Proud and Foolish

The problem with Christians (we who follow Jesus of Nazareth) is that we behave like we have the answers. This makes us look proud and foolish. We don’t have the answers, we have Jesus.

Because of Him we can live with the questions.

Life Commentary on the Bible

LibyaThe hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.   ~Jesus *

And now the commentary on this verse: Continue reading Life Commentary on the Bible

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