The Unsent Christian

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) Every Christian is a herald,…

Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like ‘water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert’ (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame…

Seeking the Kingdom

When Jesus said we should seek first God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:33), he was simply asking us to imitate him. Earlier, he was confronted by Satan and forced to choose between satisfying his own interest and pursuing God’s will (Matthew 4:1-11). This was a test exactly along the same line as Adam and Eve had faced…

Living in God’s Future – Now! by N.T. Wright

A sermon at the Easter Vigil in Durham Cathedral, Easter Morning 2009 by the former Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright. ‘If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him . . . so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ…

The King who rode on a Donkey

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38) I wrote in an earlier post about how Jesus turned the world upside-down, especially in relation to power. And there are few incidents in his earthly ministry which portray this like his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Here was the King of the…