Upside Down Perspective

In this message, originally given in 2013 at a church in Ellsworth, Maine, I discuss our human perspective vs. God’s perspective while exploring several occurrences of Christophanies in scripture.

 

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Nationalism

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I’m home on furlough, waiting to return to work, while the nation’s leaders are in deadlock over funding for a border wall. There’s no better time for me to reflect on nationalism. The word nationalism was one of the top searched words in 2018 according to Merriam Webster Company, undoubtedly because of President Trump’s use of the word in his October speech. [a] Continue reading

Hearing and Doing: A Simple Look at the Sermon on the Mount

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The teaching of the Lord has been given for the purpose of being put into practice.  -Conrad Grebel

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Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount isn’t a message for another time or place. It is a three chapter call from Jesus to follow Him and to live out His Kingdom standards in the now. The things Jesus says should awaken us, should challenge us, but ultimately He intends that we believe His words beyond a mental assent as listeners only and wrestle them into our daily lives as doers. My survey of Jesus’ sermon really only scratches the surface, but maybe it will challenge you, as it does me, to look again at His words for the purpose of personal application. Continue reading