My Own Reconciliation with Barabbas

For most of my life, I resented Barabbas. Sidebar: Pretty much every Christian knows the story around Jesus’s crucifixion. In a sham trial, Jesus was “convicted” of blasphemy. According to custom, the local Roman ruler could have let him go. Instead, the ruler feared a(nother) rebellion as the Jewish leaders provoked a crowd to demand … Continue reading My Own Reconciliation with Barabbas

Who Baptized John the Baptist?

Okay, pop quiz: Was John’s baptism of human origin, or divine origin? Take a minute and lock in your answer. A little backstory… Jesus’s mother (Mary) had a cousin named Elizabeth. She and her husband Zechariah were both “righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.” (Luke 1:6)  Good … Continue reading Who Baptized John the Baptist?

The “Power and Glory” of Being a Christian

Most of us are pretty familiar with the Lord’s Prayer.  (Matthew 6: 9-13)  The prayer concludes, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  In most of the Protestant churches I’ve attended, at the end of the prayer, they immediately add, “…for Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.  … Continue reading The “Power and Glory” of Being a Christian

Why Jesus’s Temptations Matter to Us

For those unfamiliar, the Christian season of Lent started last Wednesday.  It’s a 40-day period (46 days, not counting 6 Sundays) to commemorate the 40-day fast that Jesus undertook in the desert before beginning His ministry.  At the end of His fasting – when He was at His weakest, by the way – the devil … Continue reading Why Jesus’s Temptations Matter to Us