Background to the Confusing Kingdom: Inspiration from the High Calling

Background to the Confusing Kingdom Psalm 110:1-7 The LORD will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies. Psalm 110:2 Psalm 110 can help us understand why so many of Jesus’ contemporaries were confused about his message and ministry. It also undergirds one of the deepest mysteries of the Gospel. Psalm [Read More...]

The Mission of Jesus, Part 2

Yesterday, I began to summarize the mission of Jesus in light of the mission of God in the Old Testament. I based my discussion on a passage from chapter 4 of Luke’s gospel. Here’s that passage, once again: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: The Mission of Jesus

If you were to ask the average Christian, “What was the mission of Jesus?” you’d no doubt hear that Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins, so that we might have eternal life. I believe this is true, profoundly and wonderfully. But I also believe it’s not the full story. The mission [Read More...]

How Does the Message of Jesus Lead to His Crucifixion?

Model of the temple in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. From the Israel Museum.

Part 19 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? In my last post, I wrapped up an extended answer to the question: How is the kingdom of God coming? I showed that Jesus, contrary to the expectations of his disciples and, indeed, all other first-century Jews, believed that the kingdom of God would come [Read More...]


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