Thursday, July 20, 2017
The very idea of setting standards of excellence for Christian discipleship may sound odd or even wicked. Certainly any attempt to do so is fraught with difficulties. Still, for us as Christians and churches, to continue wallowing in our current Olympian relativism, when not actually celebrating it, leaves Jesus with little meaningful witness in our lives or world. Today Jesus is calling us to do better.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
A quick retelling with different words
Jesus once told a crowd a story about a man who sowed seeds (Matthew 13:1-9). Later, he explained the meaning of the story to his disciples (13:18-23).
The seeds are words of truth witnessing to the presence of the Kingdom of God in our midst.
Some people hear these words clearly but do not understand them at all. Satan easily removes these words from their awareness. These people never give them another thought.