August 7, 2018

On August 7th we enter Mercy Season in the SYNC cycle. It will climax in the holiest day of the year, the Day of Atonement, Sept. 18 this year. In the SYNC cycle, this is the season to concentrate on the meaning of Christ’s self-sacrificial death and his blood atoning...

May 11, 2018

On the plane coming back from Nairobi a few days ago, I sat next to a law student from Switzerland who had just attended a global meeting of young activists for Amnesty International. She was debating with herself about whether her Africa trip would lower her grades on...

April 2, 2018

How free do we feel looking back at how Jesus rose above everything during Freedom Week:

  • Freedom from the urgings of admirers

  • Freedom from intimidation by the authorities

  • Freedom from the traps of enemies

  • Freedom from fear of future calamities

  • Fr...

April 1, 2018

     

On Easter Sunday morning—best day of the year—we reach the climax of Freedom Week. The resurrection of Jesus brings more freedom into the world than any other historical event celebrated on any other “freedom holiday.” It reveals once and for all that th...

March 31, 2018

What just happened? A common reflection on the past week’s events would be that the Jews rejected Jesus as a fake messiah because was merely a spiritual messiah instead of the political messiah they wanted. In contrast, his followers accept him as the true Messiah beca...

March 30, 2018

“That’s not fair!” Those are nearly the first words out of a baby’s mouth after “Mama” and “Dada”. Nothing runs deeper in our psyches, and no one ever had a more profoundly justified reason to say, “That’s not fair!” than Jesus on the cross.

He sounded like a victim whe...

March 29, 2018

Each of us has a few decisive moments in life, or perhaps just one—one moment, one situation, one decision—that changes everything from that point on. Crunch time. Everything else has led up to the moment; everything to come will be influenced by it.

This is Thursday of...

March 28, 2018

Have you heard the “news” for the next few years—meltdown of the Trump administration, entrenched dictators in China and Russia, stock market “correction,” global warming, nuclear threats, fatal “super-bugs” resistant to all antibiotics, terrorism everywhere, an immine...

March 27, 2018

Jesus looked like a dangerous man who had to be stopped. We will never understand Easter or freedom if we do not get that.

But what exactly is so dangerous about a good teacher whose message is, “God loves you,” or, “Be good,” or, “Repent so you can go to heaven when yo...

March 26, 2018

Like snarling dogs or coiled snakes, human authorities have some very obvious ways to send warning messages and make us pay if we ignore them. For his whole ministry, Jesus had made it abundantly clear that the Jewish religious leaders could snarl however they wanted,...

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