Jesus, Savior

          In Pastor Jessica’s excellent message yesterday, she made it clear that salvation has more than one meaning in the Bible.  We 21st century Christians almost always use the word to describe spiritual salvation, by which we mean being saved from our sins and their consequences.  But it is a much fuller, richer, and more complex idea than just that.

Let’s Hear It For the Lambs!

      Sunday, I talked about two titles for Jesus that seem to point in opposite directions: Lion of Judah and Lamb of God.  In fact, they are flip sides of the same coin, representing the hard as well as the soft sides of God’s love for each of us.  I talked about how much we tend to prefer Lion-like leaders today, but that many of the key aspects of Jesus draw on his role as Lamb of God.  Here’s a few paragraphs that I didn’t have time to include Sunday:

I Just Wish It Were Obvious

         It really is frustrating that understanding the Bible as it demands to be understood takes so much on our part.  It’s not that we’re lazy, it’s just that we think it ought to say what it means and mean what it says.  We begin to resent the word, interpretation in all its forms because of it.

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POEM: "Easter is Judgment Day" 

   I love poetry, but I often find it more difficult to understand than simple prose.  It took me a long time to realize that poetry is supposed to call for an entirely different way of seeing and hearing.

From One Detective to Another

     The actual quote, that I was alluding to in Sunday’s sermon is from Sherlock Holmes.  It is: “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Using Your Blessings to Bless Others

When I said that’s not what Jesus wants from you, I didn’t mean that Jesus doesn’t want your car, home, pans, phone, and TV.  He still has need of those things...

One more thing about Pastor Jessica's message:

To Be Jesus’ BFF
       There are Bible scholars who have come to believe that Lazarus was probably the best friend Jesus had—outside his family and disciples.  He is often in the home of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus.  When there, it feels like Jesus is in a place where he can let his hair down among friends.

Those With Eyes to See, Let Them See

    There are a lot of people who struggle with traveling if they aren’t in the front seat of the car.  But them in the back seat or in the third row at your own peril, because there’s a good chance they’re going to get car sick.  Some folks just have a predisposition to motion sickness.  Other folks were just too slow in calling “shotgun” and use this excuse to bump someone else out of the coveted passenger seat.