Loving the Other-ed One

Way back in November, I shut down a series on the Sermon on the Mount to get ready for Advent and Christmas. Today I want to resume that series. Today we look at Matthew 5:43-48. Most know this passage as the “love your enemies” passage. Good term, but the “enemy” is almost surely the “Gentile” [Read More...]

National Pastors Convention: Invitation

Zondervan has asked me to offer you this invitation: Dear friend: In just a few weeks I’ll be part of the 2006 National Pastors Convention in San Diego on February 22-25, 2006. I thought you might be interested in what this convention can offer you. If you go to www.nationalpastorsconvention.com , you will find all [Read More...]

Churches and the Jesus Creed

For Pastors and churches that used the Jesus Creed for a Bible study or more in your church. (This announcement is not for individuals who used this, but for churches.) If you would like to be in the “Pastor’s Circle” for my forthcoming books, please send the following to jlynch@paracletepress.com: Name Church’s name or Organization’s [Read More...]

Abe Lincoln and the Jesus Creed

From Carl Sandburg: Henry C. Deming, Congressman from Connecticut, reported that when Lincoln was asked why, with his obvious interest in religious matters and his familiarity with the Bible, he did not join a church, Lincoln replied: When any church will inscribe over its altars, as its sole qualification for membership, the Savior’s condensed statement [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer 3

The Lord’s Prayer is an amendment of the Jewish prayer called the Qaddish. We stated in a previous post that the amendment was just like the amendment Jesus made to the Shema, where a balance between loving God and loving others was achieved in the Jesus Creed. The first half of the Lord’s Prayer, which [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer 2

If the Lord’s Prayer is the sort of thing we pray for if we love God and love others, then it would be good to look at some specifics. In the first half of the Lord’s Prayer we learn the following things about loving God: 1. To love God means to relate to God as [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer 1

One of the more interesting features of the Lord’s Prayer is that it is both like a Jewish prayer, called the Qaddish, and at the same time unlike that same prayer. The Qaddish reads like this: Magnified and sanctified be his great name in the world He created according to His will. May He establish [Read More...]

The Assessment of Love …

… is much more demanding and difficult than you might expect.In this the last in a series of blogs on Legalism, beginning here, I suggested we follow the lights of Tom Holmen’s book, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking, and think our way through the various “theories” of the Christian life. To do that, we looked [Read More...]

The Assessment of Love …

… is much more demanding and difficult than you might expect.In this the last in a series of blogs on Legalism, beginning here, I suggested we follow the lights of Tom Holmen’s book, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking, and think our way through the various “theories” of the Christian life. To do that, we looked [Read More...]

Spiritual Formation Test

The following test is designed to work with my book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. I am a bit of an assessment nut, so the test actually measures the degree to which readers begin to conform to what is written in the Jesus Creed (and the Companion Guide). I make no pretense that [Read More...]


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