Category: Faith

Where God Dwells: Understanding Temple (Part 3)

Redemptive history progresses with a series of “false peaks,” showing partial fulfillment of the expectation of restored sanctuary but never complete and always fleeting. Is the vision of temple dwindling? Or is it perhaps focusing?

The Prince of Peace: An Advent Reflection

After enduring the anxiety of death and all the chaos of hell, Jesus rose as the King of kings, the crowned Prince of heaven who was victorious over all his enemies. And the first words this champion king spoke to his fearful disciples was “Peace be with you.”  

Where God Dwells: Understanding Temple (Part 2)

The whole world was created to be a temple, and in the center of his temple God places his own image: humanity. Man and woman were meant to be the image of God in the world—not lifeless idols made of stone reflecting dead pagan gods, but living breathing humans reflecting the living God.

Yahweh and Asherah in the Hebrew Bible

In humanity’s attempt to bend the world and the divine power to their own will through talismans, vows, and magic, they end up subjecting themselves to masters of their own creation which have no power to serve them, much less save them. 

Patrick Preaching—Jesus Calms the Storm

When Jesus enters into the chaos of your life, he doesn’t just tell you to get over yourself. He tells you to look at him in it, because the storms in your life are the very ways Jesus shows you who he is.

Patrick Preaching—Proverbs: Working Well

When we come to Jesus, he’s not a superhero shaming you for not saving the world like he is. He’s a man who knows what it feels like to be exhausted and burdened by work, and he’s the God who took all our burdens upon himself on the cross.

Are Christians Really Happy?

Are Christians delusionally optimistic or toxically positive in the face of suffering? Is religion just a sad excuse for a crutch in the face of our crushing circumstances? I would say: absolutely not! Christianity avoids both delusional optimism and toxic positivity, and our text this morning shows us how. 

Is God Disappointed in Me?

Is Jesus disappointed in us when we sin, and if so, what would stop Jesus from being disappointed in us all the time when we mess up? Do we have to re-earn his favor?