Simple Words

Words hold a unique power to give life and to take it away. It is no minor detail that the Christian story begins with a God who speaks. In the beginning, God spoke the earth into existence, piece by piece. First, he formed the stuff of life, in the old theologian’s terms, ex nihilo, that…

Friendship is for Those Who Fear

One little phrase from David sums up this strange relationship we have with the love of God. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him. Love is only for the frightened. Camaraderie is reserved for those who are willing to be weak. Jesus can only be our homeboy if we are scared…

Jesus, the Humble God

If I have learned one thing about waiting tables it is that the real high rollers feel no need to prove anything. They relax and expect to get what they pay for out of the meal.   I was working at an upstart fancy restaurant in an “old money” part of town. For my fellow…

Jesus, the Happy Man

As many times as I have looked for it, melancholy, self-pity, moping and complaining just do not seem to be a part of Jesus’ game. Sure, he weeps with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. And he sweat drops of blood in the garden at the Mount of Olives before his arrest, too.  Jesus was…

Jesus, The God-Man For Us

It really is weird to think about God walking around on earth.   The Roman Caesars assumed that they were divine. The Egyptians kings- the Pharaohs, I hear, pretty much figured the same thing. If you think about King Tut’s palace or Mel Brooks’ great philosophical statement “It’s good to be the king,” it would…

God was one of us.

In a decision that will no doubt shock you beyond your reasoning capacity, I thought it would be a good idea to start out the larger conversation of the Manhood of God with a little ditty from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Enjoy: The quest for the superman, the endeavor to outgrow the man within the man, the…

Why did Jesus Live?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus spent thirty-three years on earth before he died? I know I sure have.   And I know there are a million good reasons why Jesus had to live before he died. He had to explain what he was about to do on the cross and the world-changing nature of…