WHAT IF JESUS CLEANED HOUSE AGAIN?

What would happen if Jesus, son of God, did it again with respect to the Temple?  What if he overturned the platforms on which purveyors of religious amusement or liturgical diversion plied their trades?  What if he put a strict quarantine on what should be, what in fact has been dedicated as, holy precincts, at least for a time no longer allowing anyone to pass through as they’d become accustomed?  What if Jesus did it in protest of the many ways those who name and claim him as Lord and Savior refuse to follow him all the way home, to the place he has planned, organized, suffered and died for, in order that it might become a gathering space for …

Primal Temptations

God has cheated you out of what is rightfully yours!  And, God’s way is unnecessarily hard!  These are the primal temptations that targeted the first humans and the FINAL HUMAN.  They continue to target us, and often undo us. God has cheated you or God denies you what is really best for you.  God doesn’t want what is good for you.  Why? Because God would be threatened if you actually became more than you are now, more than he wants you to be.  Because God does not really want to share all the good he has at his disposal.  Because God likes to be God—to control things, but is unwilling to be there for you, to have your back, and …

SOME PROPHETIC QUESTIONS THE CHURCH SHOULD BE ASKING

Most people who claim to be church would agree that in some sense God calls the church to a prophetic role in the world, and especially the part of the world that is their context for ministry.  Prophets stand up and say, “Thus says the Lord.”  By which they mean, among other things, “Here is God’s perspective on your present reality, on the way you are heading—leaders, nations, people—here is your destination and you really don’t want to go there.  Consider (or reconsider) a better way!” Prophets say such things to the “powers,” whether so-called secular or religious, and they address all aspects of their present circumstances, whether relating primarily to the temple with its overtly “spiritual” concerns or to …