Questions Jesus Asked 9 | I would have thought that was obvious…

Do you want to be well? (John 5:6) Jesus has arrived to Jerusalem for a festival and stops off at the pool of Bethesda, the “house of mercy.” There he sees a man who has been bedridden for thirty-eight years. That tells us that he’s no spring chicken – by the standards of the day, he was…

Questions Jesus Asked 8 | The Horizons of Possibility

Do you believe that I am able to do this? Matthew 9.28  A pair of men who are visually impaired see a golden opportunity – a teacher, whose reputation for performing miraculous healings is growing like wildfire, just happens to be passing by. Approaching him, they cry out, “Have mercy on us,” calling out to…

Roma, Chinese, Mission and Me – Part 7 – Is Everybody In?

I was challenged as I listened to the only white North American speaker at the Roma To The Nations consultation (Grover Crosby, the English pastor from a multi-congregational church in Toronto, which sent an extensive delegation from their Chinese congregation). Pastor Grover Crosby’s topic was “the inclusiveness of the Gospel” – it was interesting to…

Questions Jesus Asked 7 | Missing Out on the Good Stuff

Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? (Matt 9:15) | Can the wedding guests fast while the Bridegroom is with them? (Mark 2.19) | Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? (Luke 5:34)  Jesus has been inviting people to follow him. His most recent…

Roma, Chinese, Mission and Me – Part 6 – Big Power

Reflecting on both the content and the significance of the recent Roma to the Nations consultation is like a kaleidoscope: there are more and more angles and pieces that come together and, as we turn to get a better view more beautiful patterns come into view. Just as we need to be clear that the…

Questions Jesus Asked 6 | What’s REALLY going on in there?

Why are you harboring evil thoughts? (Matt 9:4) | Why are you raising such questions in your heart? (Mark 2:8) | Why are you questioning in your hearts? (Luke 5:22) Already, early in his public ministry, Jesus was becoming increasingly popular. At one point, while inside a home preaching the “good news of the Kingdom” to crowds…