Richard Burgess, 23.12.2021 Words are containers carrying the freight of ideas. Some large, some small, many in between. Naming in Biblical times was no small thing. Names carried freight. They meant something, said something, about the child they were being given to. You shall name him Jesus. For Mary and Joseph it was not a … Continue reading The power of a name
Baby's cry, it's natural and normal, it's the first thing we listen for when they are born. Children even want their dolls to cry. And yet when it comes to Jesus we don't want it to happen and we sing with Martin Luther "no crying he makes..." That disturbs me. Why don't we think he … Continue reading The Baby’s Crying…
One more on the Ascension. It's too easy to pass from the resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit and how he works in and though us, and sure that plays a huge part in redemptive history, but we do need to keep the whole story together. The result of such thinking is … Continue reading The Ascension – Jesus in Action!
We make a lot of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, but sadly the Ascension takes a back seat. Yet without the Ascension we have an incomplete gospel, and an uncertain hope. In the ascension we see the continuing life and victory of Jesus, without it we would have to assume that he died a second time. … Continue reading The Ascension – the Forgotten Event
Praise God for Doubting Thomas. Praise God that the Bible doesn't airbrush it's characters and we get to see people we can identify with, people like ourselves, and Thomas is just such a one. Thomas was a follower of Jesus, and a committed follower at that, at one point he was quite prepared to go … Continue reading Doubting Thomas – Help my Unbelief