The Kingdom in the Christmas Story

This is, first and foremost, a blog about the kingdom of God.

This blog is rooted in the firm belief the word “Kingdom” is not merely a contentless adjective for Christians to use to sound more spiritual in their religious conversations but is in fact an administration with territory, earthly and spiritual, with people, including citizens and enemies, with a purpose, along with a rival kingdom opposing that purpose, and most importantly, with  a King.

I was reading the Christmas story in the first chapter of Luke yesterday and saw something I’m sure I had seen before but had not fully registered. When Gabriel spoke to Mary and described for the first time the child she would give birth to and His purpose, he said this, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Luke 1:32-33. Continue reading…

The Most Important Job in the World

I’ve written much over the past few years about work and its role in the Kingdom.

I have also discipled men and helped them understand how their job advances King Jesus’ twin goals of ruling the earth and expanding His Kingdom on earth.

Some jobs are easier to address in a Kingdom-context than others.

The role of a physician or nurse are the easiest: the Lord works through a physician or nurse to treat and heal people.

Jobs that are more specialized and removed from an obvious Kingdom service are more difficult. For example, a computer systems technician for an engineering firm keeps the computers at the firm working properly, so the business can run more efficiently and build more excellent buildings at a more affordable price. King Jesus wants to provide excellent buildings for businesses so they can provide their services more excellently and efficiently to meet people’s needs on the earth. Continue reading…

How Hollywood Enabled Harvey Weinstein

According to the recent news reports, the world now knows what those in Hollywood have known for years: Harvey Weinstein is (allegedly) a predatory, serial sexually harassing, pervert.

The common denominator to all Weinstein’s alleged conduct is the presumption that women are merely objects who exist to be lusted after, used, and disposed of by males for their sexual pleasure.

This is often referred to as the objectification of women.

Now, granted, there is nothing new to the concept. Men have been objectifying women since the Fall of Man.

However, with the advent of media, meaning photography, film, video, and the internet, this age-old sin has been magnified to the nth degree. It’s what’s at the core of the pornography industry and, to a lesser, but no less real, degree much of the Hollywood film industry. Continue reading…

On Discipleship

The other night I was listening to Notker the Stammerer’s book, The Life of Charlemagne, on my Audio Books app.

In case you were wondering, the book is not narrated by Notker the Stammerer.

Notker died like twelve hundred years ago, they didn’t know how to digitally record audio then, and besides, I’m guessing from Notker’s name that he stammered. It was a difficult time.

So, I’m listening to the book and learn Charlemagne was discipled by Alcuin, who was discipled by Bede.

As a student of medieval history, I had heard of all three, but I did not know they were all connected by discipleship relationships.

Bede the Venerable, an English monk, was considered the most learned man of his time. He wrote nearly sixty books at a time long before typewriters, word processors, or the printing press. Alcuin of York was also English but became the leading scholar in Charlemagne’s court in Aachen (today, Germany) and through Charlemagne helped spawn the Carolingian Renaissance.

Of course, discipleship was not a new concept. Jesus discipled John, and John discipled Polycarp. Polycarp was martyred in 156 A.D. under Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, but was so cool in refusing to sacrifice to the Roman pagan gods, that we are still talking about his martyrdom 2,000 years later. Continue reading…

Las Vegas Shooter Was a Loner

In Genesis, Chapter 3, the Lord said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

It’s almost as if the Lord was getting this truth out on the table early, right there in the third chapter of the first book.

“I’m a rebel Dottie, a loner. You don’t want to get messed up with a guy like me.”

These are the words of Pee-Wee Herman (not be confused with Tom Herman) from that classic flick, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Pee-Wee’s words ring as true today as they did in 1985. You don’t want to get messed up with a  loner; more importantly you don’t want to be a loner. The last we heard of Pee-Wee, he was alone in the back of a movie theater in the dark doing . . . . well . . . . well, look it up. It is not good for man to be alone.

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