The battle for your heart

The Battle for Your Heart

There's a battle for your heart. The only question is whether you're going to join the fight.To understand the battleground and the nature of the fight, I think it's useful to take two things Jesus said about the kingdom and place them side by side. The first is from the seventeenth chapter of Luke's gospel. "[T]he kingdom of God is within you," said Jesus (v. 21). And the second is from the eleventh chapter of Matthew's. "[T]he kingdom of heaven suffers violence," he said, "and the violent … [Read more...]

Celebrating the circumcision of Christ

The Circumcision of Christ

It may sound like a curious thing to celebrate, but the circumcision of Christ is commemorated by Orthodox, Catholics, and Anglicans alike on New Year’s Day. Special scripture readings, hymns, and prayers mark the observance. There are even stained-glass windows and icons depicting Joseph and Mary handing the little Jesus to the priest for the ominous moment.The story is well known. In the second chapter of his Gospel, Luke tells us that Christ was circumcised on his eighth day in accordance … [Read more...]


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