Time To Wake Up

The smallest blunders can lead to some of the greatest disasters, as history has shown us through the story of the seemingly impregnable city of Sardis, which was caught sleeping due to its complacency about enemy attacks. In Revelation 3, Jesus gives a warning to the seemingly thriving but spiritually complacent church of Sardis, drawing […]

Sex and the Holy City

Cultural trends related to the issue of sex and sexuality have been some of the most prominent features of public debate, entertainment, and personal expression in recent years, even in the church. Not all churches have responded in the same way to these waves of change regarding sexual ethics. Some have been combative, others have […]

The Cost of Compromise

One of the greatest threats to the ancient church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12) was the pressure to conform to the pagan worship practices of the Roman Empire. Today, followers of Jesus continue to face the temptation to give into worldly worship practices that seem “spiritual” but lead God’s people away from him and into idolatry, […]

The Pressure of Persecution

The book of Revelation is mysterious and apocalyptic nature, but its primary purpose is to unveil who Jesus is and provide encouragement to followers of Jesus. The challenges faced by early Christians and their struggles serve as a source of inspiration for believers today. In Revelation 2:8-11, Jesus addresses the church in Smyrna, a Christian […]

The Tension of Intolerance

One of the ironies embedded in how many people think about faith today is that those who insist on tolerance of all beliefs don’t tolerate those who have exclusive beliefs.  The fact is, we’re all exclusive in what we believe, just in different ways – which is why condemning other people for what they believe […]

The Journey into Mystery

There is something irresistible to the allure of unravelling a mystery.    Mysteries entice us into the journey of exploration, whether it be ancient monoliths, the elusive depths of the oceans, or in the far reaches of the cosmos.   Perhaps the mysteries that captivate our imaginations the most beckon us from the realm of the […]

God’s Will for Your Life

Did you ever wonder what God’s will for your life was? Some people spend their entire lives missing the answer to one’s of life’s most important questions. Over 2000 years ago, the apostle Paul, one of the most prolific and brilliant writers and influencers of the ancient world, wrote a letter to a Jesus-centered community […]

Be Transformed

Transformation: a complete change in someone or something. Everyone experiences change.  Some changes are outward, like putting on new clothes or getting older. But there are also inward changes, like becoming a more kind or hopeful person.   Are you hoping to change something on the inside?  If so, you probably realize that inward transformation […]

How to Respond to Jesus

In the last week of his life, Jesus told some stories in the form of parables that would be controversial enough to get him killed. As you may know, that is what actually what happened. Jesus knew quite well that people responded to him differently. He also knew that their response to him as king […]

Who is this Jesus?

Palm Sunday is a dedicated time on the church calendar to remember how Jesus rode triumphantly as King into Jerusalem the week before what we celebrate as Easter. It’s important to see what Jesus was saying about himself by riding into Jerusalem on the donkey. While he tried to keep the word about him being […]